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Abu Dhabi’s Yahsat delays satellite launch on technical hitch

Technical review will be carried out; no confirmed date for rescheduled launch

Abu Dhabi’s Yahsat delays satellite launch on technical hitch
The satellite programme that could cost $1.6bn aims to open new avenues of business opportunities in the UAE

Yahsat, a unit of Abu Dhabi-owned Mubadala Development Co,
has delayed the launch of the emirate’s first satellite due to a “technical
error”, the company said Thursday.

The Ariane 5 rocket scheduled to carry satellite Y1A into
orbit from French Guiana was not able to launch, the company said in a
statement. A technical review will be carried out.

The CEO of Yahsat, Jassem Al Zaabi, said earlier this month
that the second of two hybrid satellites to be sent into orbit will be launched
by the end of 2011.

The satellite programme that could cost $1.6bn aims to open
new avenues of business opportunities in the UAE.

The satellite will serve military networks, rural
communications, border control services and emergencies and disaster relief
agencies, across 46 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and West Asia.

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