UAE’s first satellite launch postponed

March 31st, 2011 - 11:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, March 31 (IANS/WAM) The UAE’s first satellite launch was postponed Thursday due to technical reasons.

The launch of Yahsat 1A, Abu Dhabi’s first of two high-powered satellites, was scheduled from French Guiana Thursday morning, but had to be postponed, said Mohammed Al-Za’abi, the CEO of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Co.

The reasons for the postponement were not detailed.

When fully commissioned, Yahsat 1A will deliver a variety of services including internet links, business data networks and television transmission services, particularly high-definition (HDTV) to over one billion people in 46 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and West Asia.


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