Arabsat 6A and Falcon Heavy by SpaceX
A new era in the industry of manufacturing and launching of heavy satellites
Riyadh, Dubai, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, April 11, 2019
Arabsat 6A Satellite, the last of its 6th generation satellites, has successfully been launched on 12th April by Falcon Heavy, from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA
The Falcon-Heavy rocket was launched at 22:35 (GMT), carrying Arabsat 6A satellite, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, to be placed in the exclusive orbit of Arabsat 30.5 degrees East.
Khaled bin Ahmed Balkheyour president & CEO of Arabsat , at Cape Canaveral air force base, stated “We are thankful for 6A satellite launch success as it was challenging for us and SpaceX because it is the first largest and heaviest satellite lifted by SpaceX on the most powerful rocket in operation today, the Falcon Heavy, which was designed specifically to launch such a load commercially, that is why this launch is considered a momentous leap in the field of commercial satellites manufacturing and launching “
“Arabsat-6A is a high-capacity telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, Internet, and mobile communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Built by Lockheed Martin, Arabsat 6A is the largest and most powerful commercial satellite Lockheed martin has ever produced. The modernized LM 2100 includes several innovations that make the satellite more powerful, more flexible and more versatile in orbit. Arabsat 6A provides advanced Ka-spot beam communications services and Ku and Ka-band coverages in addition to other frequency bands. It will be located at Arabsat exclusive orbital position 30.5 , supporting Arabsat competitiveness, as the first satellite operator in the region, in respect to its capabilities and satellite broadcasting services.” Added Balkheyour.
“Arabsat success during the past two months ,the launch of HS4 satellite at 39 degrees East for Hellas Sat, one of Arabsat subsidiary, last February and this success today , could not have been possible without the help of the hard working young Arab engineers from Arabsat headquarter and its two ground stations in Riyadh and Tunisia, where those satellites are operated and controlled. Those young engineers who were fully involved in the design of these satellites and the supervision of the manufacturing stages, we owe them all thanks and praise “
Founded in 1976 by the 21 member-states of the Arab League, ARABSAT has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 35 years. It carries over 450 TV FTA channels, 35HD channels, 4pay TV networks,. and 160Radio stations reaching tens of millions of homes in more than 100 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and way beyond around the world including an audience of over 170 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone tuned into ARABSAT’s video “hotspot” at 26º East.
Operating a growing fleet of satellites at the 26°East , 30.5°East, 34.5°East and 20ْ East positions of the geostationary orbit, ARABSAT is the only satellite operator in the MENA region offering the full spectrum of Broadcast, Telecommunications and Broadband services. This capacity will continue to expand with the launching of new satellites, making the ARABSAT satellite fleet the youngest in the region.