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Making its second launch in less than a fortnight, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carried Turkmenistan’s first satellite to orbit Monday evening following a liftoff from Cape Canaveral. The launch set sail at 19:03 after a series of weather delays within the window, before deploying the TurkmenÄlem 52E satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.
Falcon 9 Mission:
The TurkmenÄlem satellite, which has a mass of 4,500 kilograms (9,900 lb), was constructed by Thales Alenia Space and is based upon the Spacebus 4000C2 satellite bus.
The satellite is owned by Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Communications, or Türkmenistanyň Aragatnaşyk ministrligi, who will operate it in conjunction with Monaco’s Space Systems International and SES of Luxembourg.
About 2 weeks after its last launch, SpaceX puts up another one. This launch did not attempt a relanding of the booster.
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