April 24, 2012 09.09 Europe/London By Robert Briel
The YahSat 1B telecommunications satellite was successfully launched from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.
“The launch took place at the set time,” a Roscosmos spokesman said. The launch occurred at 22:18 GMT on Monday, April 23.
International Launch Services (ILS) launched the Yahsat 1B satellite on a Proton M/Breeze M.
The second Yahsat satellite to be launched in one year, Y1B will deliver communications in Ka-band for both commercial and governmental users. It will provide high-data rate internet services for public and private users in the Middle East, Africa and Southwest Asia above the limitations of existing terrestrial and satellite systems.
Y1B commercial communication payload uses Ka-band multi spot-beam technology, achieving cost-effective bandwidth supply through 61 narrow spot beams.
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