Al Yah Satellite Communications (Yahsat) worked with Airbus to complete a preliminary design review for a fourth Thuraya satellite for L-band communications to secure faster maritime communications and enable more internet of things (IoT) applications
This is a key milestone in the construction of the Thuraya 4-NGS next-generation mobile telecommunications system, adding a new satellite to supplement the satellites already in operation, and a complementary 5G-ready core network.
Yahsat’s newest satellite system will ensure increased coverage and capacity and will spur the company’s growth across markets, such as maritime and IoT.
Airbus designed both the physical and functional requirements of the satellite system. It confirmed the satellite’s effectiveness for in-orbit operation.
Thuraya 4-NGS will use a 12-m L-band antenna and a payload with sophisticated onboard processing. It will enable routeing of up to 3,200 channels, along with dynamic power allocation across several spot beams.
“The preliminary design review is an important step in confirming that the highest industry standards have been applied and met through extensive review and scrutiny of the overall design by our team of engineers,” said Yahsat chief technical officer Adnan Al Muhairi.
“We can continue the momentum towards completing this highly advanced mobile satellite system, supported by a 5G-ready ground network.”
This work will involve developing the satellite platform, digital processing, onboard payload and ground elements.
Airbus head of telecommunications systems François Gaullier said completing the preliminary design review was an “important milestone, confirming the soundness of the technical design and capabilities of the Thuraya 4-NGS satellite.”
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