Orbital Sciences has won a contract of an undisclosed value to manufacture a lightweight broadband communications satellite for United Arab Emirates-based satcom operator Yahsat.
The Al Yah satellite will be built on the Orbital GEOStar-3 infrastructure and work to provide Ka-band coverage for Yahsat customers throughout Brazil and Africa, Orbital said Wednesday.
Yahsat plans to launch the satcom in the fourth quarter of 2016 aboard an Arianspace-made rocket.
“We are honored to partner with Yahsat to design, build, test and deliver the Al Yah 3 satellite,“ said David Thompson, Orbital CEO and chairman.
“We look forward to working with the Yahsat team and welcome them into the family of GEOStar customers.“ Thompson added.
Orbital’s GEOStar satellite technology is designed to accommodate a variety of communications hardware for missions that require a payload power of up to 8 kilowatts.