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Ka-band satellite Al Yah 3 passes critical design review

yahsatUAE-based satellite operator Yahsat and Orbital ATK have completed a Critical Design Review for the Al Yah 3 spacecraft and payload.

Yahsat senior management were in Virginia in the US with its partner Orbital ATK to complete the review, the final stage before assembling all components of the satellite.

Al Yah 3, which is based on Orbital’s GEOStar-3 platform, is an all Ka-band High Throughput Satellite being designed, manufactured and tested at Orbital ATK’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia.

The critical design review is conducted during the engineering and manufacturing development phase, and completion of this indicates that all specifications and requirements have been captured into the overall final design of the satellite.

Once the satellite is operational, Yahsat’s Ka-band coverage footprint will be significantly expanded, bringing high-speed, satellite broadband services to the Brazilian and African consumer and enterprise markets, as well as high data-rate backhaul links for ISPs and telecommunications operators, according to Yahsat.

“We have now locked in the final design details of our newest satellite. The information presented at the CDR confirms compliance to our system specifications, with healthy margins on all of the key parameters. As we move to the spacecraft integration phase, I am confident that we are on track to launch as per schedule,” said  Marcus Vilaça, Acting CTO at Yahsat.

“The successful completion of the Al Yah 3 CDR is an important milestone for the program and for Orbital ATK’s GEOStar 3 platform which includes capabilities to support payload powers up to 7.5kW, advanced avionics and electric propulsion. We look forward to continuing a close working relationship with Yahsat as we move on to the manufacturing and test phase of the program,” said Al Lewis, Vice President of Program Management for Orbital ATK’s Commercial Satellite Division.