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Türksat-6A (Falcon 9)
8 July 2024
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Türksat-6A mission to geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 7:30 p.m. on 8 July 2024. Following stage separation, the first stage landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

This is the 15th flight of the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched CRS-26, OneWeb Launch 16, Intelsat IS-40e, O3b mPOWER, Ovzon 3, Eutelsat 36D, and eight Starlink missions.

TÜRKSAT-6A MEDIA RELEASE EXCERPTS [English Translation]
Türksat 6A IMAGE CREDIT: Türksat

The Türksat 6A project will be Turkey's first domestic communication satellite. Türksat 6A has the characteristic of being the first communication satellite to be produced completely with domestic amenities, unlike Turkey's previous communication satellites. In the domestic satellite project, which will cost about 600 million Turkish Liras, the equipment, software and many subsystems to be used in the satellite and ground stations are being developed with domestic resources.

Türksat 6A, with fuel included will have a mass of about 4,300 kilograms, will be placed in the 42° East longitude orbital location. Türksat 6A will serve customers in Turkey, as well as in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The satellite with its technical features will have 18 active, 5 spare, 23 transponders in total.

Turkey, with the Türksat 6A satellite planned to remain in orbit for 15 years, will become one of the 10 countries that can produce communications satellites.

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