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Abu Dhabi satellite in position, to be activated soon

Yahsat says satellite Y1A is now undergoing final tests before its systems are activated

Abu Dhabi satellite in position, to be activated soon
YahSats satellite launch in French Guiana.

Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat said on Sunday that its first satellite has successfully arrived at its final destination in space.

The satellite Y1A is now located at 52.5 degrees east, roughly 35,000km above the UAE, looking down on a service area including Africa, Europe, the Middle East and South-West Asia, Yahsat said in a statement.

"This is a very significant step as we move towards activating Yahsat's services for our customers across the coverage regions," said Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Yahsat and executive director of Mubadala Information, Communications and Technology.

"Our tests thus far have gone well and the satellite appears to be performing properly. It is safe to say the highest degree of risk is behind us and I am confident we will be prepared to activate our services shortly," he added.

After its successful launch on April 23, the satellite performed a series of manoeuvres bringing it from an elliptical transfer orbit to its final circular geostationary orbit some 35,786km above Earth, he said.

Now in its final position, controllers will spend the next few weeks testing every aspect of the satellite's functionality before its systems are activated for Y1A's duel commercial and civil missions.

Yahsat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company.

Yahsat has commissioned two satellites to create regionally-focused capacity to manage the expanding requirements for government, commercial and consumer satellite communication services.

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