SpaceX launches Turkey's first domestically built communications satellite

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday launched the first Turkish-built communications satellite, a powerful relay station designed to safely carry military traffic within Turkey's borders while providing expanded commercial services in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

“We have just launched our domestic communications satellite Türksat 6A into space,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğa said on social media. “We have witnessed another source of pride for our country and nation. More than 81 percent of the subsystems, satellite ground stations and software in the 6A project, which is of great importance for our country's future in space, were produced by Turkey with national resources.”

Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloglu said Turkey would join an exclusive club of just 11 countries capable of building high-tech communications satellites. In a pre-launch social media post, he wrote in Turkish: “Türksat 6A will be a symbol of our independence in space and our unity on Earth and in the sky.”

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, carrying the first Turkish-made communications satellite into orbit.

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The launch from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station took place at 7:30 p.m. EDT, just over two hours late due to threatening weatherThe first stage, making its 15th flight, propelled the rocket out of the lower atmosphere and then flew autonomously to a successful landing on a SpaceX ship stationed a few hundred miles to the east in the Atlantic Ocean.

The second stage completed two launches of its single engine, placing the Türksat 6A satellite into a highly elliptical 'transfer' orbit 35 minutes after launch.

The satellite's thrusters will be used over the next few days to circularize its orbit 22,300 miles above the equator at 42 degrees east longitude. At that altitude, satellites take 24 hours to complete one orbit and appear stationary in the sky, allowing for the use of fixed ground-based antennas.

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In the darkness of space above Africa, the Turksat 6A satellite drifts away from the Falcon 9 second stage after an uneventful ascent into space.

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Türksat 6A, operated by Türksat A.Ș., is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders, along with four in reserve. It is also equipped with two active X-band transponders and one spare. Those three are reserved for domestic Turkish military use, while the Ku-band transponders will support commercial services.

“With the help of previous satellites purchased abroad, we cover Europe, the Middle East, the Turkic countries, parts of East Asia and a large part of Africa, mainly North Africa,” Uraloglu said in a press release.

“Turksat 6A will increase satellite coverage as it will cover India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. With that, we will increase our coverage from about 3.5 billion people to about five billion.”

The satellite has a design life of 15 years.

As for SpaceX, the launch marked the company’s 68th Falcon 9 launch so far this year and its 353rd overall. The California-based rocket maker expects to launch more than 140 Falcon family rockets this year, a pace unmatched in the commercial launch industry.

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