Es’hailSat Qatar

Es’hailSat is the Satellite Company based in Doha, Qatar. Based in Doha, Qatar, the company owns and operates satellites to serve broadcasters, businesses and governments. The Es’hail-1 satellite, which shares a spacecraft platform with Eutelsat, was successfully launched on 29th August 2013 and is located at 25,5° E. Eutelsat sold its interest 5 years later, in August 2018. The satellite provides television, voice, Internet, corporate and government services across the MENA region and beyond.

Es’hail-2, built by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) in Japan, was expected to be launched end of 2016, but is delayed till late 2018. The spacecraft will be located at 26° E.


The company was established in 2010 by ictQATAR as an independent operating company to manage and develop Qatar’s presence in space. Trading under the name of Es’hailSat, the company will provide advanced satellite services to strategic stakeholders and commercial customers who value broadcasting and communications independence, quality service and wide geographical coverage.

The Story behind the name

Es’hail is the name of a star that becomes visible in the night sky of the Middle East as summer turns to autumn. Traditionally, the sighting of Es’hail brings happiness as it means that winter is coming and that good weather will soon be with us.

New Teleport facilities

In 2015 Es’hailSat selected a 50,000 square meter site north of the city of Doha, Qatar, to establish a new teleport. Promer Qatar Contracting Company will design and build the teleport, with design finalization expected by the first quarter of 2016, and the site build and project completed by Q1 2017.

Es’hailSat’s teleport will provide satellite Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) support and capacity management. The site will also support a wide range of teleport services such as uplink, downlink, contribution, multiplexing, encoding, play-out and broadcasting. Es’hailSat plans to provide back-up studios for TV channels and serve as a disaster-recovery facility for broadcasters. The site will be connected thru fiber with the key media broadcasters in Qatar.

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Es’hail-1 (Eutelsat-25B, Eurobird 2A)

Orbital Position: 25,5° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 29 Aug 2013
Launch Operator: Arianespace
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Es’hailSat jointly owned the Es’Hail-1 satellite with Eutelsat that was branding under Eutelsat-25B replacing Eutelsat-25C. Eutelsat sold its interest in the satellite in August 2018. Es’hail-1/Eutelsat-25B satellite was on a dual launch with ISRO’s GSAT-7. 

Youtube: Watch the Es'Hail-1/Eutelsat-25B Satellite launch!


Orbital Position: 26° E
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO)
Launch date: 15 Nov 2018
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9
Expected lifetime: 15+ years

YouTube: Watch the Es'hail-2 launch conducted by the Falcon-9 operated by SpaceX.


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