Watch: SpaceX launches first Falcon 9 rocket of 2021
Elon Musk's SpaceX has started 2021 on a successful note as the first Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Turkish communications satellite on Thursday night.
Turksat 5A satellite was launched to orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The weather was 70% favourable at the time.
SpaceX landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a barge named Just Read the Instructions, floating in the Atlantic Ocean for future missions. The rocket used in the launch had already flown three previous missions.
According to reports, the satellite is the first of two expected to provide broadcast service and improved internet service in Turkey and the Middle East, parts of Africa, and Southern Europe. The second satellite, Turksat 5B, is scheduled for launch later this year.
SpaceX’s may plan around 50 Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy missions in 2021 from three separate pads at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.