Arabsat 6-A launch successful

Arabsat 6A launch from NASA.

The much-awaited launch of the Arabsat-6A satellite on Space X’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle took place April 12 at 6.35pm EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

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 on Lockheed Martin’s enhanced LM 2100 platform, Arabsat-6A includes several innovations that provide advanced Kaspot beam communications services and Ku and Ka-band coverages in addition to other frequency bands. It will be located at one of Arabsat’s orbital positions and will support Arabsat’s competitive position as the first operator in the region for satellite capacities and services.

The launch was undertaken by SpaceX at NASA, which signed a 20-year lease with NASA for the use of historic LC39A from 2014. Since then, the company has made significant upgrades to modernize the pad’s structures and ground systems, while also preserving its important heritage. Extensive modifications to LC-39A have been made to support launches of both commercial and crew missions on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles.