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Arabsat 6A



Arabsat 6A is a Saudi Arabian geostationary communications satellite. Arabsat-6A was constructed by Lockheed Martin. It is built around the LM2100 satellite bus, a modernized version of the company’s successful A2100 platform. Arabsat announced that it had contracted Lockheed Martin to build the satellite in April 2015, along with a second satellite: HellasSat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1. HellasSat-4/SGS-1 was successfully deployed by an Ariane 5ECA rocket in February.

The Arabsat-6A satellite has a dry mass of 3,520 kilograms (7,980 pounds), but fully fuelled it weighs in at over 6,000 kg (13,200 lb). The satellite will operate in geostationary orbit, a particular class of orbit where the satellite takes exactly one day to complete a revolution, remaining in the same position relative to the ground. Arabsat-6A will be stationed at a longitude of 30.5 degrees East, where it will join and later replace the nine-year-old Arabsat 5A.

Alternate Names

  • Arabsat6A
  • 44186

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2019-04-11
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Heavy
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • Arabsat Satellite Communications (Saudi Arabia)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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