Florida Today reported that SpaceX successfully launched the most powerful Turkish communications satellite ever from Saturday to Sunday from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This was SpaceX’s second launch in less than a day.
At 4:58 a.m. Belgian time, the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle took off. The first stage returned and landed aboard the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, bobbing in the Atlantic. It was already the third flight up those stairs.
SpaceX reduces launch costs by reusing rocket parts.
Less than half an hour after take-off, the Turksat-5B was freed from the remnants of the missile. Weighing around 4.5 tons and built by Airbus, it is the most powerful Turkish communications satellite ever. It is now flying with its own power to its last geostationary orbit.
According to Florida Today, this will be the last time Ankara’s satellites will be built overseas. By the way, Turksat-5B already contains components that were made in Turkey itself.
Less than 19 hours before launch from Cape Canaveral, SpaceX launched another Falcon-9 rocket from its Vandenberg base in California. He has deployed 52 satellites for Starlink, the global broadband Internet that SpaceX is developing.
Elon Musk will launch another Falcon-9 on Tuesday at 11:06 a.m. Belgian time. A Dragon drone capsule loaded with a cargo must be flung to the International Space Station. It is the 24th time that SpaceX has supplied the International Space Station on behalf of the US space agency NASA.