Launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket with Arabsat-6A
|Mission type||Communications satellite|
|Operator||King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology|
|Mission duration||Planned: ~15 years |
|Launch mass||6,460 kg |
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||April 11, 2019, 22:35 UTC|
|Launch site||Kennedy LC-39A|
Arabsat-6A is a Lockheed Martin-built communications satellite operated by Arabsat and owned by The Arab League. 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.
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. They are based on an updated A2100 bus and use new solar-panel technology.
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