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Arabsat’s 6A satellite will be launched by SpaceX in 2018. The contract was signed in Paris last week during the Euroconsult Space Business Week conference.
Arabsat 6A is a heavyweight satellite which will be located at 30.5 degrees East, and when in position will take Arabsat’s fleet to 10 operational satellites.
Lockheed Martin is building the satellite under a twin-satellite contract that also includes the HellasSat-4 craft. Importantly, this Arabsat satellite will have the fleet’s first “flexible” digital processing on board and which includes the option to reconfigure a payload and change frequencies should a signal be jammed.
The launch will be on a SpaceX Falcon-9 ‘heavy’ rocket