[amsat-bb] The meaning of "Es'hail"

Peter Gülzow peter.guelzow at kourou.de
Sat Jun 11 16:56:23 UTC 2016

Thanks Nico for the nice explanation,  well done! 

Yes,  the company Es'hailSat and there satellite fleet are named after Canopus.

Es'hail 2 will be launched in first quarter 2017.

73s Peter DB2OS 

Am 11. Juni 2016 17:17:51 MESZ, schrieb Nico Janssen <hamsat at xs4all.nl>:
>Recently we see many postings about the new satellite called "Es'hail
>Maybe you also wondered what the meaning is of "Es'hail". I asked two
>'friendly Arabic speaking colleagues' to fill me in.
>It appears the satellite is named after a star, that we know as
>In Arabic, Canopus is Sohail. But in the section 'Middle East' on the
>page you see that there are many variants for this name, including
>Soheil, Suhayl, Suheyl, etc.
>Actually the name of our satellite is 'The Canopus', or in Arabic 'El 
>In Arabic they tend to merge the two words, so it would become
>Since Arabs find it hard to pronounce the combination of l and s, they
>the l. So it becomes 'ESohail'. An apostrophe is added to emphasize the
>'ES'ohail'. And since the o (or u) will be pronounced anyway, almost
>'automatically', it may be dropped. So that is how we get 'ES'hail', or
>As for the pronunciation of this satellite's name, probably 'eSohayl'
>with a short and soft e at the beginning.
>So now at least we know what we are talking about   :-)
>Nico PA0DLO
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