Ariane 5’s successful launch of Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn: Customer focus
Arianespace’s on-target launch of Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn was witnessed by key managers and team members from the mission’s customers, partners and satellite manufacturers, who were present at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
The following photos provide a focus on Yahsat (the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC) and Intelsat.
Yahsat CEO Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi (at left) joins members of the Yahsat Y1A satellite team during a lunch prior to tonight’s mission. Following the successful Ariane 5 flight, he told attendees at the Spaceport: “It has taken years of research, planning and cooperation and late nights, but together – at commendable speed – this successful launch will lead to a product that significantly contributes to communications across the Middle East, Africa and Southwest Asia.”
In comments from the Spaceport’s control center after the launch, Jean-Luc Froeliger – Intelsat’s Senior Director of Space System Acquisition – underscored his company’s confidence in Arianespace during the past 30 years. “Intelsat’s long-standing relationship with Arianespace goes back to the early 1980s with the launch of an Intelsat 5 satellite on Ariane 1,” he explained. “Over the years, Arianespace has orbited over 50 Intelsat satellites – more than any other launch services provider in the world. Today’s success showed once again that Intelsat made the right business decision in entrusting the Intelsat New Dawn satellite to Arianespace.”