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Mission typeCommunications satellite
OperatorKing Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
Mission durationPlanned: ~15 years [1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeTelecomm
ManufacturerLockheed Martin
Launch mass6,000 kg [1]
Start of mission
Launch dateApril 2019[2]
RocketFalcon Heavy
Launch siteKSC LC-39A
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGEO[1]
Longitude30.5° E [3]
Arabsat-6G program
Hellas Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat-1 [4] →

Arabsat-6A is a Saudi Arabian communications satellite operated by Arabsat.[5] The satellite will be launched with SpaceX's Falcon Heavy no earlier than April 2019.[2]

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

Arabsat-6A will be positioned in geostationary orbit providing television, Internet, telephone and secure communications, to customers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Arabsat-6A. Gunter Dirk Krebs, Gunter's Space Page. Accessed: 17 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Cooper, Ben (March 4, 2019). "Rocket Launch Viewing Guide for Cape Canaveral". Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Arabsat and KACST sign contracts with Lockheed Martin & Arianespace. Arabsat. News Release 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly on Arabsat's Newest Communications Satellite. Lockheed Martin. 20 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Upcoming Satellites". Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. ^ Arabsat-6A Satellite Moves Closer to Launch. Kendall Russell, Satellite Today. 22 February 2018.
  7. ^ Rocket Launch: NET March 2019 | SpaceX Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A . NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Accessed on 6 March 2019.