Abu Dhabi's first satellite launch postponed

Abu Dhabi's Al Yah Satellite Communications Co. (Yahsat) Thursday said the launch of Yahsat 1A, Abu Dhabi's first of two high-powered satellites, has been delayed due to technical reasons.

Yahsat's new Y1A satellite was scheduled for launch from French Guiana Thursday's early morning, according to CEO of Yahsat Mohammed Al-Za'abi.

Yahsat 1a was due to be positioned at 52.5 deg. East. When fully commissioned, it will deliver a variety of services including internet links, business data networks and television transmission services, particularly high-definition TV to over one billion people in 46 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) and Western Asia.

The Yahsat project was initiated by Mubadala, Abu Dhabi government's strategic investment and development arm.

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