Yahsat: Thuraya 3 payload failure may be permanent; recovery effort under way with Boeing

by Peter B. de Selding

LAMPOLDSHAUSEN, Germany — Satellite fleet operator Yahsat said its Thuraya 3 GEO-orbit mobile communications satellite suffered a sudden “payload anomaly” on April 15 and that an initial investigation with manufacturer Boeing Satellite Systems concluded that “services [will] remain significantly diminished for a prolonged period in a majority of the geographies affected.”

The United Arab Emirates-based company told investors on April 19 that its wholly owned Thuraya subsidiary was “working on recovering services in some markets in the next few days and further geographies in the coming weeks. The . . .

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