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CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL – The Turksat 5A telecommunications satellite liftoff tonight on a sure to be spectacular nighttime launch tonight as the first SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket liftoff of 2021 from the US and Florida’s Space Coast.
And the weather outlook is decent at this time at the Florida Space Port – so start making plans if you wish to witness the liftoff.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 Turksat 5A blastoff is slated for 8:28 p.m. ET Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 from seaside Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) on recently renamed Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
The launch window extends for 4 hours until just past midnight Friday at 12:28 a.m. ET
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket was raised erect this morning and is already poised for liftoff to a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO).
See our Up Close photos from the launch pad 40 taken this afternoon.
Türksat 5A will be placed in a geosynchronous orbit at 31 degrees East at an altitude of about 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) above Earth to provide telecommunication and direct TV broadcasting services over a broad geographic region between west of China and east of England stretching over Turkey, as well as Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa
Weather is 70% favorable for conditions at launch time according to the 45th Space Wing.
Primary concerns: Cumulus Clous Rule and Thick Cloud Rule.
Upper altitude pose a moderate risk.
Watch live at www.spacex.com about 15 minutes before scheduled launch time.
Prime contractor for Türksat is Airbus and it will serve both civilian, government and military needs. .
“Built by Airbus Defense and Space with significant Turkish contributions, the Turkish 5A satellite will provide Ku-band television broadcast services over Turkey, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa,” SpaceX’s website says.
The satellite will carry 42 transponders and will be located at a somewhat unused Turkish orbital slot at 31 degrees east.
Watch my upcoming Jan 7 interview on TRT Turkish TV live tentatively 11 PM ET and prelaunch on ABC 9 Orlando TV News and very super busy year with a slew of 2021 upcoming launches from Florida Spaceport
Video Caption: Turkey has launched a new communication satellite from the US-based technology company SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Founder & Managing Editor for Space UpClose website Ken Kremer has more on logistics and technicalities of launching a satellite Turksat 5A on Jan. 7, 2021
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