The American company of entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket with the Turkish communications satellite Turksat 5A. The broadcast was carried out on the official YouTube channel.
The Falcon 9 rocket was launched from the Cape Canaveral Cosmodrome in Florida at 21:14 U.S. East Coast Time Eight and a half minutes after launch, the reusable first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket made a successful controlled landing on an offshore platform in the Atlantic. This was the fourth time it had been used.
The satellite is expected to become operational in the second half of 2021. It will be the fourth Turkish satellite in orbit. The 3.5 tons spacecraft is designed to provide digital television and broadband internet services. It will provide signals for Turkey’s civil and military needs.
Turksat 5A is a fifth-generation communications satellite. It is equipped with Ku-band transponders, which can transmit signals to Earth at broadband speeds of up to 50 gigabits per second.
In December 2020, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 launch vehicle with the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NROL-108) spacecraft.