March 22 - Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has overseen the transportation of its second satellite, Y1B, from EADS Astrium facilities in Toulouse, France, to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with part of the journey involving carriage

The Y1Bb (pictured below) weighs over six tonnes, has a spacecraft power of 14kW and a 15-year design lifetime. It is equipped with a commercial multi-beam payload in Ka-band to provide government and commercial applications. On arrival in Kazakhstan, it will receive additional testing before it is moved to its final launch position in April.

"The Yahsat team appreciates the hard work of the teams at EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space to successfully deliver the construction of Y1B and delivery to the launch site," stated Yahsat CEO, Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani.

He added "The successful launch of Y1B will be a key milestone in the development of Yahsat. It will significantly expand our satellite communication capabilities, which will consequently provide apositive impact on our unique business proposition."