Elon Musk rocket launches Saudi Arabsat satellite

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SpaceX attempted to land Falcon Heavy’s side boosters at Landing Zones 1 and 2 and Falcon Heavy’s center core on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship during the Arabsat-6A mission. (Twitter/@SpaceX)
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SpaceX attempted to land Falcon Heavy’s side boosters at Landing Zones 1 and 2 and Falcon Heavy’s center core on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship during the Arabsat-6A mission. (Supplied)
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SpaceX attempted to land Falcon Heavy’s side boosters at Landing Zones 1 and 2 and Falcon Heavy’s center core on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship during the Arabsat-6A mission. (Supplied)
Updated 12 April 2019

Elon Musk rocket launches Saudi Arabsat satellite

  • Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat-6A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida

LONDON: Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched its Falcon Heavy rocket carrying a satellite for Saudi Arabia’s Arabsat.
The huge rocket was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Station in Florida for Arabsat.
Arabsat CEO Khaled bin Ahmed Balkheyour said it was “a momentous leap in the field of commercial satellites manufacturing and launching.”


Arabsat 6A Satellite 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, it is the largest and most powerful commercial satellite the US defense giant has ever produced.

 


Balkheyour praised the work of young Arab engineers in Riyadh and Tunisia who worked on the project.
“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 ” he said.

 

 


Underwater bombs damage Syria’s offshore oil facilities

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Underwater bombs damage Syria’s offshore oil facilities

  • Syria's oil minister said the bombs were planted by divers in the facility used to pump oil to the coast
  • No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the third to target Syria’s oil and gas industry in less than a year

DAMASCUS: Bombs planted underwater off Syria’s coast exploded Monday, damaging oil facilities used to pump oil into one of Syria’s two petroleum refineries, state media and the oil minister said.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the third to target Syria’s oil and gas industry in less than a year.
The attack off the coast of Banias was carried out by “terrorists,” state news agency SANA said. Banias is on the Mediterranean shoreline in the Tartous province.
Oil minister Ali Ghanem told state TV that the bombs were planted by divers in the facility used to pump oil to the coast. He said the facility is 3 kilometers (2 miles) off the coast and is 23 meters (yards) underwater.
“The aim of the attack is to cease (oil) imports into Syria,” Ghanem said, adding the ministry’s experts are evaluating and fixing the damage. He said the attack will not stop imports as the ministry had prepared plans in case of such attacks.
Last month, near-simultaneous attacks believed to have been carried out by drones hit three government-run oil and gas installations in central Syria. One of the December attacks targeted the oil refinery in the central city of Homs.
Syria has suffered fuel shortages since last year. Western sanctions have blocked imports, while most Syrian oil fields are controlled by Kurdish-led fighters in the country’s east.
In June, sabotage attacks damaged five underwater pipelines off Banias.
Before the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the country exported around half of the 350,000 barrels of oil it produced per day. Now its production is down to around 24,000 barrels a day, covering only a fraction of domestic needs.