Advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space Solutions Worldwide
  • Home
  • /
  • Space
  • /
  • Airbus awarded Yahsat's Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5 satellites contract

Space

Airbus awarded Yahsat's Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5 satellites contract

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat) announced today that it has contracted Airbus Defence and Space, to provide its new geostationary telecommunications satellites, Al Yah 4 (AY4) and Al Yah 5 (AY5).



Above: Artist's impression of the Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5 satellites.
Copyright Airbus

The significant step follows the signing of an Authorisation-to-Proceed with Airbus in Q2 2023 to commence initial activities in relation to the AY4 and AY5 satellite programme.

Airbus will design and build the AY4 and AY5 satellites based on the Eurostar Neo platform, with each having flexible payloads and benefitting from the strong heritage of the Eurostar family. The flexible multiband payloads can be fully reconfigured while in orbit, capable of adjusting the coverage area, capacity and frequency 'on the fly' to meet evolving mission scenarios.

Advertisement
Marshall RT

Both AY4 and AY5 satellites will offer secure governmental communications over a wide geographical area across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. The new advanced satellites will eventually replace Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2, which were launched in 2011 and 2012, respectively and based on a previous version of the Airbus-built Eurostar platform.

Alain Fauré, Head of Space Systems at Airbus, said: “Today marks a real milestone with Yahsat selecting our pioneering fully flexible satellite technology. Sixteen years ago, we signed our first contract with Yahsat, bringing the first sovereign telecommunications satellite to the UAE and now, our long-standing relationship is moving up a gear with this contract for two Eurostar Neos, further strengthening Yahsat’s in-orbit resources.”

Ali Al Hashemi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat, commented: “We are delighted to sign this contract with Airbus as part of our continuous efforts to enhance our satellite communications capabilities with the next generation of satellites. This is a significant step in Yahsat’s growth trajectory. The Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5 satellites will enable us to provide the UAE Government with new cutting-edge solutions. Additionally, the two new LEO satellite platforms will support Yahsat’s future direction of providing multi-orbit satellite solutions to its customers.”

Advertisement
Marshall RT

Airbus will design and manufacture both AY4 and AY5 satellites and will also provide ground control segment components. Both spacecraft will have a design life of 15 years and are planned to be launched in 2027 and 2028 respectively.

Airbus is currently developing the Thuraya 4 (T4) satellite to serve both Yahsat’s UAE government customer and Thuraya’s customers. The T4 is also based on the Eurostar Neo platform and is due to be launched in the second half of 2024 and enter service in the second half of 2025.

The development of Airbus’ Eurostar Neo platform and flexible payloads has been supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and national space agencies across Europe.

Advertisement
L3Harris LB May IR L3Harris LB May IR
Hughes Europe expands into defence and government sectors

Defence Security Space

Hughes Europe expands into defence and government sectors

12 June 2024

Hughes Europe has announced its strategic expansion into the military, defence and government sectors across pan-European nations, with launch of Konnect VHTS Services in collaboration with Telespazio.

Cognizant acquires Belcan

Aerospace Defence Security Space

Cognizant acquires Belcan

11 June 2024

Digital engineering and data specialist Cognizant, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Belcan, LLC, supplier of Engineering Research & Development (ER&D) services, for approximately $1.3 billion in cash and stock, subject to customary adjustments.

NASA awards advance technologies for Habitable Worlds mission

Space

NASA awards advance technologies for Habitable Worlds mission

3 June 2024

NASA has announced that it has selected three industry proposals to help develop technologies for future large space telescopes and plan for the agency's Habitable Worlds Observatory mission concept, which could be the first space telescope designed to search for life outside our solar system.

BAE Systems selected to build OCX for NOAA’s GeoXO

Space

BAE Systems selected to build OCX for NOAA’s GeoXO

3 June 2024

BAE Systems has been selected to build the Ocean Color Instrument (OCX) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) satellite constellation.

Advertisement
Cranfield
Airbus delivers first Sentinel-5 instrument for satellite integration

Space

Airbus delivers first Sentinel-5 instrument for satellite integration

31 May 2024

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first Sentinel-5 instrument for the European Space Agency (ESA) that will be integrated on MetOp Second Generation Satellite A.

SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland formally opened

Space Events

SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland formally opened

29 May 2024

Western Europe’s first fully licenced vertical launch spaceport - the SaxaVord Spaceport at Unst in Shetland - was declared open today by the next generation of spaceflight workers.

Advertisement
Marshall RT