ABU DHABI SPACE ENTHUSIASTS REACH FOR THE STARS AT YAHSAT’S ‘SATGAMES OBSTACLE CHALLENGE’

  • At Abu Dhabi’s du Forum, Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator welcomed all members of the community to participate in a satellite-building competition.
  • The event celebrated the successful launch of Yahsat’s third and most recent satellite Al Yah 3 into space; it also helped create further interest in the fascinating world of the space and satellite sector amongst the community.
  • The winning team has earned a visit to the John F. Kennedy Space Center as part of a five-day all expenses paid trip to Orlando, Florida. The runners-up went away with MacBook Air laptop and a Samsung S9 phone.

Abu Dhabi, 12 August 2018 – Al Yah Satellite Communications Company “Yahsat”, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, hosted a race-to-space Obstacle Challenge for young space and engineering enthusiasts on August 10th at Du Forum, Abu Dhabi.

The event saw teams of three members compete against each other in an effort to assemble a satellite model, mount it on a rocket, and launch it through an obstacle course to safely reach the orbit. The winning team earned themselves a visit to the John F. Kennedy Space Center as part of a five-day all expenses paid trip to Florida. The runners-up went away with a MacBook Air laptop and Samsung S9 smartphone.The race was centered on mimicking the launch journey of a Yahsat’s most recent satellite, Al Yah 3, into space.

Al Yah 3, an all Ka-band satellite, was designed and built with Emirati engineers leading every stage of the process, in partnership with Orbital ATK, “now called Northrop Grumman”. This launch marks a significant milestone in the company’s vision to become a partner of choice for reliable, innovative and affordable satellite solutions. Al Yah 3 is providing millions of people in under-served and unserved markets with reliable, high-speed satellite broadband services which in turn is enabling the growth of vital economic sectors such healthcare, education and business. Additionally, Al Yah 3’s launch is a milestone in the advancement of UAE’s space and satellite industry.

Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose Ka-band satellite services and Al Yah 3 is the company’s third and most recent satellite. With Al Yah 3, Yahsat’s commercial Ka-band coverage has extended to an additional 19 African markets reaching 60% of Africa’s population. The satellite also marks Yahsat’s entry into Brazil covering 95% of the country’s population.

About Yahsat

Yahsat is a leading global satellite operator, providing multipurpose satellite solutions for broadband, broadcast, government and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Central and South West Asia. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer Ka-band services including YahClick, Yahsat Government Solutions, YahLink and Yahlive via its Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2 satellites. With the recent launch of Al Yah 3, Yahsat’s commercial Ka-band coverage will be extended to an additional 19 markets, reaching 60% of Africa’s population and over 95% of Brazil’s population. For more information, visit www.yahsat.ae

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