Hub71, Yahsat unite to integrate startup technology in satellite communication

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) have collaborated to accelerate startup technology adoption in satellite communications.

Through this partnership, Yahsat will work with founders in the Hub71 community to advance technological innovations that support the development of the UAE’s mobile satellite capabilities.

The first contract resulting from the new partnership is an agreement between Yahsat and Hub71-based startup, Mental VR, a Virtual Reality (VR) software development company. Mental VR will provide state-of-the-art VR technology and deliver dynamic and seamless training programs for Yahsat personnel in remote locations.

The wider partnership between Yahsat and Hub71 will help identify technology startups that have the potential to advance the UAE’s space industry and strengthen satellite communication technologies.

As part of the partnership agreement, Yahsat has appointed Hub71 as its Innovation Partner. Hub71 startups will get to work alongside global experts from Yahsat and receive strategic mentorship to gain insights into satellite technologies and the space industry. Startups will also be able to explore commercial opportunities as part of Yahsat’s satellite and technology program.

Ali Al Hashemi_Hub71_Yahsat Partnership
Ali Al Hashemi
Group CEO – Yahsat

“Yahsat is proud to have been a pioneer in the satellite services industry within the UAE, championing the establishment of the nation as a global hub for space tech. Our partnership with Hub71 is aligned with our commitment to building local capabilities and enhancing the national space economy through collaborations with the startup ecosystem. As two UAE entities with a foundational base in Abu Dhabi, we look forward to working together to create greater opportunities for the development and enhancement of the satellite services industry.”

Mr. Badr Al-Olama, Acting CEO of Hub71, said that “Our partnership with Yahsat reinforces our commitment to support tech initiatives that create impact for Abu Dhabi. Through this partnership, we will promote economic opportunities and strengthen the UAE’s growing position as a leading global hub for technological excellence.”

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