CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – SpaceX launched this evening with the delivery of a Turkish communications satellite into orbit (Jan 7)

A 70 m high Falcon 9 rocket fired from Space Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 213 p.m. EST (0215 GMT on Jan 8), roughly 45 minutes into a scheduled four-hour window launching the Turksat 5A satellite into space.The brief delay was due to a down-range tracking issue, SpaceX said during its live launch broadcast

Going to the start tonight, forecasters at the US. The 45th Space Force’s space wing predicted a 70% chance of favorable launch conditions, with the main issues being cumulus and thick clouds and upper-level wind shear.These conditions are not always ideal for spectators, but can allow for interesting acoustics as the hawk’s roar is particularly loud sounds

The two-stage Falcon 9 lit the night sky as it jumped off the launch pad tonight, the glow of the rocket’s nine engines on the first stage turned the night into day as the rocket soared into the clouds that hung over the space coast from the rumble of engines was heard long after the missile disappeared

Today’s mission was the first launch of the year here on the Cape and 85 minutes after launch, the first stage of the rocket landed on one of SpaceX’s two massive drone ships, “Just Read the Instructions”, which were stationed in the Atlantic

Today’s flight was the fourth take-off for this special first leg of Falcon 9. The booster, named B1060, previously installed an updated GPS III satellite for the US Space Force in June 2020, followed by SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites launch in September and October

The Falcon 9 ran vertically on the pad this morning SpaceX did not perform a static fire test on this rocket prior to flight Typically, the company holds the rocket on the pad and briefly ignites its nine first stage engines to ensure that their systems work as expected before launch.It is rare for SpaceX to skip this routine test, but it is not uncommon in fact, SpaceX skipped the static fire test on its previous mission that launched a spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Bureau in December

Propelled by more than 1, the Falcon 9 put 7 million pounds of thrust from its nine Merlin 1D first stage engines and dumped the 7700 pounds (3rd500 kilograms) Turksat 5A satellite approximately 33 minutes after launch into orbit The spacecraft is designed to operate for approximately 15 years and provides broadband coverage for Turkey, the Middle East, Europe and parts of Africa

SpaceX will also launch the spacecraft’s counterpart, the Turksat 5B, later this year.The Turksats are part of an effort to expand Turkey’s presence in space, which has not been undisputed in October, when activists put SpaceX under pressure Stopping Turksat 5A Launch They protested outside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, citing Turkey’s role in a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan as the reason the mission should not fly. Their attempt was unsuccessful

About 85 minutes after the Falcon 9 jumped off the pad, the first stage of the rocket landed on the drone ship, marking the third successful launch and landing for this particular booster, the landing was also the 71 successful touchdown for a returning SpaceX booster overall and the 21st in a row (In 2019, SpaceX lost two first stage boosters in consecutive missions because the vehicles did not reach their mark)

The Airbus-built Turksat 5A spacecraft separated from the falcon’s upper tier about 30 minutes after launch from its orbital perch, more than 36000 kilometers above the earth, thanks to its 42 Ku-band transponders, the satellite will provide broadband coverage

It will take nearly four months for the satellite to reach its final altitude and the Turksat 5A will make the trek using its built-in plasma thrusters, which rely on electrical power from the spacecraft’s solar panels rather than conventional fuel for those thrusters are more energy efficient, but generate less thrust, so reaching the orbital parking lot takes a little longer

“We are very pleased to welcome Turksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites in their fleet. We were the first to demonstrate all-electric propulsion technology for satellites of this size and capacity In this way, the Turksat spacecraft can be launched in the most cost-efficient way, ”said Nicolas Chamussy, Head of Space Systems at Airbus, in a company statement

The Turksat 5B, slated to hit the market later this year, is a bit heavier than its predecessor, weighing in at more than 9000 pounds (4th500 kg), according to Airbus, the satellite is operated in both the Ku and Ka bands and offers a capacity of more than 50 gigabits per second.This satellite is expected to be put into service this year if everything goes as planned

The Turksat 5A mission is SpaceX’s 50 Return flight of a Falcon 9 since the company first salvaged a booster in 2015

To hold the landing, the booster separated from its upper stage and performed a series of orbital ballet movements to realign itself for the landing. Then it performed a series of three engine burns to slow down so that it could “

landed gently on the designated landing area, the deck of” Just Read the Instructions ”

To facilitate reuse, SpaceX is deploying two massive drone ships, the second of which is called “Of course I still love you”. The floating platforms are stationed before launch from the space coast in the Atlantic and return after a successful one Catch back to Port Canaveral with the booster in tow. These two ships enabled SpaceX to launch more rockets and then land them

“Of course I still love you” is now receiving some TLC after a busy year last year In total, OCISLY has caught 40 returning boosters, 13 of which landed in 2020 The ship will soon be back in service and ready to with SpaceX’s full schedule for this year to catch many more boosters

The current iteration of the Falcon 9 was introduced in 2018. Known as Block 5, it has 17 million pounds of first stage thrust as well as some other upgrades that allow for quick reuse, according to SpaceX, each of these first stage boosters can be used up to 10 times fly, with minor renovations in between and possibly up to 100 times before retirement

So far, SpaceX has launched and landed the same booster a maximum of seven times. So far we have seen a fly 10 times, but that could happen this year

Company founder and CEO Elon Musk said he would like his missiles to facilitate access to space, and Block 5 Falcon 9 was created for that thanks to the launcher’s capabilities, smaller countries and organizations were able to enter through special missions and “ridesharing” get to space “

With this flight, Turkey is the youngest country to take advantage of this opportunity A little over two years ago, Bangladesh sent its first communications satellite into space on a SpaceX rocket Last July, South Korea launched its first dedicated military satellite from Florida’s space coast and in 2018 Israel launched a spacecraft to the moon as part of a ride-sharing scheme.These are just a few examples of the growing number of countries and units reaching for the stars thanks to reduced launch costs

Before today’s launch, SpaceX put its dynamic duo GO Ms a tree and GO Ms. Chief – to get the two falling parts of the payload fairing or the nose cone of the Falcon 9

Ms. Tree had worked alone in the last missions of 2020 and had a boat called GO Navigator support her

Ms. Baum and Ms. Chiefs serve as huge, mobile catcher gloves that wedge the payload fairings in their attached nets when they fall back to the ground (the boats are also able to pull fairing halves out of the water after they have been hosed down )

Each piece of fairing is equipped with parachutes and special software to guide you to a predetermined recovery zone, where the boats wait with their nets outstretched

After returning to port, the fairings are refurbished and reused.Usually SpaceX flies used pieces of fairing for their own Starlink missions, but the company has branched out and used more reused hardware on all of its missions in December the company was discovered his Sirius XM-7 mission, the first external mission with a refurbished shroud, a veteran disguise

Today’s mission marks the beginning of a busy starting year for the Cape. More than 40 missions are on the program SpaceX hopes to launch 40 rockets between the California and Florida launch sites this year

These launches include two astronaut missions to the International Space Station, additional Starlink flights, and a launch of SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy

Next up for SpaceX is the Transporter-1 mission, which aims to transport 72 small satellites along with four additional payloads into space as part of SpaceX’s latest ridesharing. Transporter-1 is due to launch in January at the earliest planned 14

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