GMV has signed a new contract with the UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) to supply the control centre and flight dynamics system for the operator’s sixth satellite – Thuraya 4‑NGS, a next generation L-band system slated for operations in 2024.
Thuraya 4-NGS will lead the continued advancement of Yahsat’s mobile satcom business through its subsidiary – Thuraya – in core markets. It will enable next generation mobility solutions with higher capabilities and flexibility, while increasing capacity and coverage across Europe, Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
Yahsat is one of GMV’s flagship clients. It is now using the company’s flight dynamics systems and mission planning system, rolled out by GMV for the control of all the satellites of the Al Yah family (Al Yah 1, 2 and 3).
The recently awarded contract has been won on the strength of GMV’s wealth of experience in providing systems of this type, grafting them on to the existing product line. Pride of place here goes to the real-time telemetry and telecommand processing system Hifly and the flight dynamics system FocusSuite. The contract also takes in the provision of other inhouse GMV fleet-control products like Flyplan, dealing with operations planning and automation. GMV will also see to the deployment and integration of the center, as well as system maintenance and operator training.
Adnan Al Muhairi, Yahsat’s Deputy Chief Technical Officer said: “Our partnership with GMV is founded on mutual trust and confidence – and we are delighted to be working with them again on our flagship Thuraya 4-NGS programme. The decision is based on our shared success of managing the Al Yah family of satellites, and GMV’s excellent track record of providing consistent, high-quality support to constellations and individual systems. I am very confident that GMV will deliver according to our expectations.” In the words of Jorge Potti, GMV’s Space Manager, “This new contract vouches for Yahsat’s ongoing trust in GMV, raising our profile within its operations centre and reaffirming the company’s worldwide leadership”.