Mitsubishi-Electric Built Es’hailSat Satellite Successfully Launched by SpaceX
The Mitsubishi Electric-built Es’hail-2 communications satellite launched successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:46 p.m. EST on Nov. 15. The launch was conducted by SpaceX using a Falcon 9 rocket. Following completion of in-orbit tests, the satellite is scheduled to be delivered to Doha-based Qatar Satellite Company Es’hailSat in January 2019.
Mitsubishi Electric is the first Japanese satellite manufacturer to enter the Arab commercial communications satellite market. Mitsubishi Electric contributes to space research and development, having participated in the production of more than 500 Japanese and international satellites as the prime contractor or a major subcontractor. Mitsubishi Electric also delivered the ground systems and training services in order to provide Es’hailSat a full turnkey solution.
With a more than 16-year design life, Es’hail-2 satellite aims to offer direct broadcasting services for TV stations throughout the Middle East and North Africa. From the orbital position at 26 degrees east longitude, its Ku-band and Ka-band capabilities will also provide government communication services. Es’hail-2 also aims to provide the world’s first Geostationary Orbit (GEO) amateur radio service.