Thuraya and Airbus wrap design of Thuraya-4
June 11, 2021
Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator Al Yah says that Airbus has wrapped the initial Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the company’s upcoming Thuraya 4-NGS.
Thuraya 4-NGS will have an L-band ecosystem with the upgrade of Thuraya’s space and ground and user (products and solutions) segments. Complemented by a 5G-ready core network, Yahsat’s newest satellite system will ensure increased coverage and capacity, while delivering next generation mobility solutions for all customer segments, including defence, government, enterprise and consumers, says the operator.
“The PDR provided a comprehensive review, validating Airbus’ design approach for both the physical and functional requirements of the satellite system. It also marked an important step towards the on-schedule completion of the Thuraya 4-NGS satellite and confirms its effectiveness for on-orbit operation. In addition to the PDR being a major milestone in the programme’s development, the achievement also demonstrates Yahsat’s commitment towards transforming Thuraya and building its next-generation system,” says Thuraya.
“The Thuraya 4-NGS will spur the company’s growth across many existing as well as new strategic product lines. These include maritime, IoT and data solutions, offering a wide spectrum of unique features and the highest speeds available in the market,” adds Thuraya.
The satellite will use a large, 12-metre, L-band antenna and a payload with sophisticated on-board processing, facilitating flexible routing of up to 3,200 channels, along with dynamic power allocation across a large number of spot beams. Thuraya 4-NGS will provide a world of opportunities to customers, service partners, equipment vendors, and system integrators, enhancing user experience across land, sea and air.
Thuraya 4-NGS is due to come into service in 2024.