WATCH: SpaceX To Launch Turkmenistan Commercial Satellite From Cape Today
By SpaceFlightInsider.com // April 27, 2015
launch window open until 7:44 PM
WATCH LIVE: Tune into SpaceCoastDaily.com to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch on Monday scheduled for 6:14 p.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
SpaceX has adjusted the launch time for the Falcon 9 rocket launch in hopes that weather will improve. The 90-minute launch window is open until 7:44 p.m.
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Less than two weeks after Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) successfully launched the sixth Commercial Resupply Service mission (CRS-6) to the International Space Station, the Hawthorne, California-based firm is prepping yet another Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket for flight.
SpaceX continues to ramp up their launch capabilities, this time planning on sending a commercial satellite aloft. SpaceX has been tasked with launching Turkmenistan’s first commercial satellite to geosynchronous orbit. The launch is currently scheduled for 6:14 PM EDT (UTC-4) from Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
With the static test fire required before any Falcon 9 launch successfully completed on Apr. 22, the primary issue which might cause a scrub of the launch is the turbulent Florida weather.
Current forecasts provide a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions to get the mission underway on Monday, Apr. 27.
The TürkmenÄlem spacecraft will allow Turkmenistan to operate its first National System of Satellite Communications (NSSC), with the Turkmenistan National Space Agency managing the satellite.
The state run agency was created to specifically to help foster the development of a national communications system with Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow giving the final approval for the agency’s creation in 2011.
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