SpaceX to launch first Turkmenistan satellite tomorrow

April 27, 2015 3:44 AM

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SpaceX to launch first Turkmenistan satellite tomorrow

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, Ap...

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