Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced that the Es’hail-2 communications satellite built by the company launched successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA on November 16. The satellite separated from the launch vehicle without incident. 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.
With a more than 16-year design life, Es’hail-2 satellite will offer direct broadcasting services throughout the Middle East and North Africa of television stations. From the orbital position at 26 degrees east longitude, its Ku-band and Ka-band capabilities will also provide government communication services. Moreover, Es’hail-2 will provide the world’s first geostationary amateur radio service.
Mitsubishi Electric is a leading manufacturer contributing 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.