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Orbital ATK Confirms Al Yah 3 Satellite’s Good Condition After Recent Deviation

Orbital ATK Confirms Al Yah 3 Satellite's Good Condition After Recent Deviation - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Orbital ATK Confirms Al Yah 3 Satellite's Good Condition After Recent Deviation - top government contractors - best government contracting eventOrbital ATK has confirmed the Al Yah 3 commercial communications satellite’s good operational status, following a launch on Thursday wherein the unit entered an unplanned route.

Al Yah Satellite Communications commissioned the satellite that was initially launched from Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket, in aims to provide Ka-band coverage over Africa, Orbital ATK said Friday.

“Based on data from initial communications, I can report that Al Yah 3 is in orbit, healthy and responding to commands from our mission operations team,“ said Frank Culbertson, president at Orbital ATK's space systems group.

The company plans to execute the original mission with a revised procedure to have the satellite enter the intended orbit route.

The Al Yah 3 full Ka-band satellite employs hybrid electric propulsion and is expected to join Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2 satellites in providing internet access for Africa, the Middle east, Southwest Asia and Brazil by late 2018.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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