reported the launch and mission as follows, “SpaceX sent Türkiye’s first domestically produced communications satellite to orbit today (July 8).

Falcon 9 rocket launched the Turksat 6A spacecraft from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station today at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT).

The Falcon 9’s first stage came back to Earth shortly thereafter as planned. It touched down about 8.5 minutes after liftoff on SpaceX‘s Just Read the Instructions droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Turksat 6A will make its own way to its final orbit, where it will undergo a roughly month-long series of checkouts before entering service, Abdulkadir Uraloğlu, Türkiye’s transport and infrastructure minister, told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Turksat 6A is Türkiye’s first fully homegrown communications satellite, the English-language Turkish newspaper reported.

“Turksat 6A will widen the country’s satellite coverage and meet the television broadcasting needs,” the Hürriyet Daily News wrote, citing Uraloğlu.

“India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, which were not served by currently operating satellites, will be covered with Turksat 6A, reaching 5 billion people,” the minister added.

Please use the following link for a replay of the launch and description of the mission.

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