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David Thompson: Orbital to Build Ka-band Satcom for Middle Eastern Operator

David Thompson: Orbital to Build Ka-band Satcom for Middle Eastern Operator - top government contractors - best government contracting event
David Thompson
David Thompson
David Thompson

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.

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