Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch Arabsat's satellite on the world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy.
The launch of Saudi Arabia's Arabsat 6A satellite now has a date, thanks to a CNBC source.
"The mission, called Arabsat 6A, will launch a large communications satellite for Saudi Arabian corporation Arabsat," CNBC reported. "Built by Lockheed Martin, the satellite is described by Lockheed vice president Lisa Callahan as one of “the most advanced commercial communications satellites we’ve ever built.”
"Arabsat 6A will go to 30.5 degrees East, serving the complete MENA region plus (potentially) the whole of Africa, Europe, Turkey and the near East," Advanced-Television.com reported. "Its Western beam will also reach the Eastern seaboard of the US and South America."
CNBC's source shared that the satellite would be launched "no earlier than April 7."
Carrying the satellite into orbit is the world's most powerful rocket in operation, the Falcon Heavy, developed by SpaceX. The world witnessed the Falcon Heavy's maiden flight in February 2018, in a move SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he hopes would launch a "new space race".
"With a price tag between $90 million and $150 million per launch, Falcon Heavy has racked up a valuable manifest of future launches, even though it’s only flown once," CNBC said.
According to the Science Times, "it is highly reusable making it one of the viable spacecraft to use for the mission."
The Arabsat 6A mission will represent the rocket's first ever commercial flight.
"The Arabsat corporation provides all sorts of communication services to the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Its previous satellite in the Arabsat 6 missions, mission Arabsat 6B, beams hundreds of television channels and broadband services across Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, and is on a 15-year mission (2015-2030)," N2YO.com stated.