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Arabsat-6A Mission (40628438523).jpg
Launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket with Arabsat-6A
Mission typeCommunications satellite
OperatorKing Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
COSPAR ID2019-021A
SATCAT no.44186
Mission durationPlanned: ~15 years [1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeTelecomm
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass6,460 kg [1]
Start of mission
Launch dateApril 11, 2019, 22:35 UTC
RocketFalcon Heavy
Launch siteKennedy LC-39A
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGEO[1]
Longitude30.5° E[2]
Arabsat-6G program
Hellas Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat-1 [3] →

Arabsat-6A is a Lockheed Martin-built communications satellite operated by Arabsat and owned by The Arab League.[4][5] The satellite was successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center by SpaceX's Falcon Heavy on April 11, 2019 at 6:35 pm EDT and was released into orbit at 7:09 pm EDT.[6][7]


Mission patch

Arabsat-6A and SaudiGeoSat-1/HellasSat-4 are the two satellites of the Arabsat-6G program. These two satellites "are the most advanced commercial communications satellites" ever built by Lockheed Martin.[8] They are based on an updated A2100 bus and use new solar-panel technology.[1][3]

Arabsat-6A was positioned in geostationary orbit, providing television, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Arabsat-6A. Gunter Dirk Krebs, Gunter's Space Page. Accessed: 17 October 2018.
  2. ^ Arabsat and KACST sign contracts with Lockheed Martin & Arianespace. Arabsat. News Release 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly on Arabsat's Newest Communications Satellite. Lockheed Martin. 20 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Upcoming Satellites". Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ "SpaceX Delays Falcon Heavy's First Commercial Launch of ArabSat-6A to 10 April". The First Post. April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Skoneki, Marco Santana, Mark. "SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy into space". Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  7. ^ "Arabsat-6A Mission". Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  8. ^ Arabsat-6A Satellite Moves Closer to Launch. Kendall Russell, Satellite Today. 22 February 2018.
  9. ^ Graham, William (April 11, 2019). "SpaceX Rocket Launches". Nasa Space Flight. Retrieved July 22, 2019.