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Skynet 6A

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LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

December 30, 2025 at 7:00 PM EST

(December 31, 2025 at 12:00 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

December 30, 2025 at 7:00 PM EST

(December 31, 2025 at 12:00 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

December 30, 2025 at 7:00 PM EST

(December 31, 2025 at 12:00 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Communications
    • The Skynet 6A gap-filler military communications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space to cover the gap between the Britisch Skynet-5 network and its successor. Skynet 6A was solesourced from Airbus Defence and Space in 2017, but was not fully funded until July 2020. Aibus will build the Skynet-6A satellite in the United Kingdom and arrange a 2025 launch. RAL Space, a U.K. national laboratory, will test the all-electric satellite at its facility in Harwell. Skynet-6A, based on the Eurostar-Neo platform, is expected to provide communications services for the British military until at least 2040.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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