SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Set March 21 From Cape Canaveral

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Turkmenistan's first national satellite

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On March 21 at 4:04 p.m., a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the TurkmenSat 1 communications satellite for Thales Alenia Space and the government of Turkmenistan from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Space X image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch March 21 the TurkmenSat 1 communications satellite for Thales Alenia Space, and the government of Turkmenistan, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SPACEX-SEAL-180TurkmenSat 1 is Turkmenistan’s first national satellite and will support communications over Central Asia.

Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and their Dragon spacecraft into orbit.

Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing.

ABOVE VIDEO: This test flight of the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket was conducted in 2014 at a SpaceX rocket development facility. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. As the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 was designed from the ground up for maximum reliability.

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Safety and mission success were critical in the design of the Falcon 9 Rocket.

With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate.

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