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Yahsat and New Dawn ready for lift off

March 29, 2011

Arianespace is scheduled to launch two satellites tomorrow from Kourou in French Guiana. YahSat-1A, owned by Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi sovereign investment fund, and Intelsat New Dawn, a satellite owned jointly by Intelsat and an African investment group, make up the rocket’s cargo.

YahSat-1A will be positioned at 52.5 degrees East to supply extra DTH satellite capacity for the Middle East and Africa. The satellite carries 14 C-band transponders and 25 Ku-band transponders. The Ku-band transponders are being marketed by SES Astra.

Intelsat’s New Dawn craft will be positioned at 33 degrees East, and its 28 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders will handle the growing demand for connectivity into and out from Africa, including wireless backhaul, broadband and TV programming.

The launch can be watched live at

Launch window timings are:

Kourou time: 6.45-7.52pm on March 30

Universal time: 9.45-10.52pm March 30

Paris time: 11.45pm-0.52am March 30-31

Washington time: 5.45-6.52pm March 30

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