Orbital ATK has confirmed theÂ Al Yah 3 commercial communications satellite’s good operational status, following aÂ launch on Thursday wherein the unit entered an unplanned route.
Al Yah Satellite CommunicationsÂ commissioned the satellite that was initially launched fromÂ Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket, in aims to provideÂ Ka-band coverage over Africa, Orbital ATK said Friday.
â€œBased on data from initial communications, I can report that Al Yah 3 is in orbit, healthy and responding to commands from our mission operations team,â€ said Frank Culbertson, president at Orbital ATKâ€™s space systems group.
The company plans to execute the original mission with a revised procedure to have the satellite enter the intended orbit route.
The Al Yah 3 full Ka-band satellite employsÂ hybrid electric propulsion and is expected to join Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2 satellitesÂ in providing internet access for Africa, the Middle east, Southwest Asia and Brazil by late 2018.