Es’hail-2, Es’hailSat’s second satellite, has cleared its Critical Design Review (CDR), permitting the spacecraft to move into the assembly phase and remain on schedule for a Q4 2016 launch.
Mitsubishi is building Es’hail-2, a high-performance satellite that will be positioned at the 26 degrees East hotspot position for TV broadcasting. Es’hailSat said that the new satellite will significantly add to the company’s ability to provide high quality, premium DTH television content across the Middle East and North Africa.
Es’hail-2 will have Ku-band and Ka-band capabilities and will provide TV distribution and government services. Moreover, the company says the satellite will provide the first Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) geostationary communication capability that connects users across the visible globe in one single hop and in real time. It will also allow the AMSAT community to validate and demonstrate their DVB standard.
“Passing Critical Design Review validates that Es’hail-2 will meet our requirements and perform as expected for our stakeholders and customers,” said Ali Ahmed Al -Kuwari, Es’hailSat ceo. “We are moving forward with our satellite build program with MELCO.”