After a very busy 2020 year which has seen a number of milestones achieved, including the launch of the The first astronauts to space from American soil Since 2011, SpaceX on Thursday completed its first rocket launch in 2021.More news: PM says Canada may hold election soon
Following the launch, SpaceX again landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a barge, named Just Read the Instructions, floating in the Atlantic Ocean for use in future missions.
Turkey's minister of transport and infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu has announced the successful launch of the Turksat 5A satellite. Turkey is planning to expand its presence in space and the Turksat 5A will help them in this mission. Controversy aside, Turksat 5A will now spend the next several months gradually raising its perigee (the lowest point of its orbit) until the satellite arrives at an operational geostationary orbit, where its health will be verified before entering service.
The Turksat 5A task will be webcast, starting 15 minutes prior to lifting the stream below.More news: FT: China ordered local media to censor Alibaba coverage
The controllers immediately started the health verifications and post-launch checkouts of the Turksat 5A when the ground team confirmed its first radio signals, Turkish officials said. In doing so, SpaceX will have substantially cut the amount of time and/or delta V (propellant) Turksat 5A will take to circularize into its operational orbit (35,786 km x 35,786 km). Some people pressured SpaceX to cancel the flight of Turksat 5A, citing the role of Turkey in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Meanwhile, the Turksat 5B is a bit heavier than its predecessor, weighing over 9,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms), and will operate in bit Ku and Ka bands.More news: Post-infection coronavirus immunity usually robust after 8 months, study shows