Türksat 5B (Falcon 9)
18 December 2021
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Türksat 5B mission to geostationary transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 10:58 p.m. on 18 December 2021. The Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously supported launch of CRS-22 and Crew-3. Following stage separation, the first stage landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The fairing halves supporting this mission previously supported the GPS III Space Vehicle 05 mission.

Built by Airbus Defence and Space in its United Kingdom and French facilities, Türksat 5B is a broadband satellite which will operate in Ku- and Ka-bands at the 420 East longitude slot in geostationary orbit. Its HTS (High Throughput Satellite) payload will provide more than 50 Gbps of capacity over a wide coverage including Turkey, the Middle East, and large regions of Africa. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of 4,500 kg and electrical power of 15 kW. Besides its commercial uses, the satellite also has a dual military communication function for use by the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries.

The launch of Türksat 5B as seen from the front yard in Vero Beach.
The Falcon 9 booster used for the Türksat 5B launch is seen still aboard the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship where it landed awaiting removal to dockside. Note the square cap at the top was added to be used by the crane when llifting the booster to shore. As viewed on 27 December 2021 in Port Canaveral.
The Airbus-built Türksat 5B satellite. IMAGE: Airbus Defence and Space
SpaceX mission logo for the Türksat 5B launch. IMAGE: SpaceX
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