Yahsat sends first message to Abu Dhabi satellite

Team of Emirati engineers takes control of Y1A, says satellite has 'responded well' to command
Yahsat sends first message to Abu Dhabi satellite
YahSats satellite launch in French Guiana.
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 09 May 2011 10:11 PM

Abu Dhabi's Yahsat said on Monday it has sent its first command to its satellite Y1A from the company's satellite control centre.

The satellite, which was launched on April 23 by Arianespace, had remained under the control of the manufacturers as it was brought to its final orbital position at 52.5 degrees east.

Now, Yahsat's team of Emirati engineers has control of Y1A, a task many have spent the past 18 months preparing for, the company said in a statement.

"This is a defining moment for our team as, in taking command of Y1A, Yahsat has become a true satellite operator," said Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Yahsat and executive director of Mubadala Information, Communications and Technology.

"We issued the first command this afternoon, and Y1A responded well. For the next several weeks, our team will be testing Yahsat's control systems and evaluating the satellite's functionality, which so far appear excellent," he added.

Yahsat said on Sunday that its first satellite had successfully arrived at its final destination in space.

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 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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