SpaceX Launches Turkey’s First Communications Satellite

( – The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket has launched Turkey’s first domestically-built communications satellite, a relay station that is designed to carry secure military traffic. This is meant to be brought within Turkish borders and also expand to areas such as Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğa spoke out on social media about this launch saying, “We have just launched our domestic communication satellite Türksat 6A into space.” Erdoğa continued, “We have witnessed another source of pride for our country and our nation. More than eighty percent of the subsystems, satellite ground stations, and software in the 6A project, which is of great importance for the future of our country in space, have been produced by Turkey with national resources.”

Abdulkadir Uraloglu, Turkish minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, said that Turkey has joined a group of eleven nations capable of building high-tech communications satellites.

The satellite was launched from Pad Forty at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in the evening, after delays due to weather. The rocket was launched, and then it flew itself to the SpaceX barge station hundreds of miles in the east Atlantic Ocean for a successful landing.

Uraloglu said that with previous satellites they were able to cover “Europe, the Middle East, the Turkic nations, parts of East Asia, and a significant portion of Africa, mostly North Africa.” Uraloglu continued, “Turksat 6A will increase satellite coverage, as it will cover India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, increasing our coverage of approximately three and a half billion people to around five billion.”

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