Taking Flight with Innovation: EDGE and Yahsat Soar above Connectivity Limits with REACH-S Solutions

Yahsat’s innovative and affordable satellite solutions are enabling progress and development in the countries it operates in. This has earned the UAE’s flagship space technology champion high levels of recognition and trust among leading customers across the world.

EDGE Group entity, ADASI, has chosen to integrate Yahsats cutting-edge and secure connectivity solutions into its Made-in-UAE REACH-S platforms. This will enhance operational capabilities, strengthening ADASIs leadership position in autonomous systems.

REACH-S

The UAE’s leading satellite communications company, Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (“Yahsat”) is driving connectivity solutions to help customers soar above the limits of what they can achieve. With a fleet of C, Ku, Ka and L-band satellites covering 80% of the world’s population, Yahsat provides broadband, broadcasting, backhauling and mobility solutions to consumers and enterprises. Yahsat’s businesses include the UAE-based telecommunications operator, Thuraya; the global mobile satellite services provider, YahClick; and EDGE.

EDGE delivers cutting-edge COTM solutions that unlock countless opportunities for defense users, from command and control, communication and intelligence to surveillance, border control, and beyond line of sight (BLoS) operations. The Reach-S UAV is the newest member of the EDGE family and features enhanced mission endurance, superior payload capacity, and faster flight speeds.

As part of the UAE’s National Plan to Reduce Emissions, Yahsat has committed to measuring and reporting its carbon footprint, developing plans to lower it, and implementing a decarbonization pathway in support of the UAE Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative. In addition, EDGE has joined the UAE Climate-Responsible Companies Pledge, which is a group of 21 leading businesses committed to the Ministry of Environment’s strategic initiative. The pledge requires that companies measure, disclose and manage their climate impacts. These initiatives will contribute to the goal of reducing emissions by at least 20% over the next decade.

Satellite Communication

Satellite communication is the transmission of electronic signals from one earth station to another, usually over a large area, such as an ocean or even across continents. It’s used for mobile telecommunications and is especially needed where landline telecommunications are rare to nonexistent, like in Antarctica, Greenland or large regions of South America, Africa and Australia.

The basic satellite communication system is comprised of two components – the space segment, which includes the satellite itself; and the ground segment, which comprises earth stations to receive and transmit data from the satellite (Richharia, 1999). The main function of the satellite is to relay signals received from terrestrial stations in the ground segment to and from remote areas, either point to point, as in the case of a long-distance phone call or point to multipoint, as in a television broadcast.

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC, listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) under symbol YAHSAT and ISIN AEA007501017), the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider, has signed an agreement with EDGE Group entity NIMR to line-fit its pre-qualified Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) solutions on NIMR’s combat-proven wheeled military vehicles. The partnership marks the first of its kind in the region to integrate satellite technologies into UAV platforms, enabling customers to take advantage of the power of connectivity.

UAVs

Unmanned aerial vehicles are a cost-effective solution for accessing hard-to-reach areas. They facilitate the monitoring of critical infrastructure and perform a wide range of tasks in difficult environments, such as power line inspections, remote sensing, disaster relief operations and search and rescue missions.

Drones can be controlled remotely without an on-board pilot, which significantly reduces the time and resources needed to complete a task. They also can enter environments that would be dangerous for humans and remain airborne for extended periods of time. However, despite the advantages of UAVs, they are vulnerable to several threats such as hacking, data leakage, invasion of privacy and illegal use for smuggling, among others.

To counteract these risks, UAVs are equipped with sensors, such as gyroscopes, accelerometers and cameras, which monitor and track their movements. Additionally, they can identify obstacles and automatically adjust their trajectory to avoid them. This technology enables a safe and reliable operation of UAVs and ensures their compliance with regulations.

Another challenge of UAVs is their limited battery endurance and operational performance. This is due to energy consumption for image analysis, wireless communication and UAV hovering. To overcome this limitation, swarm UAVs can be coordinated through intelligent path planning to maximize computational efficiency and improve mission performance.

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