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SpaceX plans night launch of Turkish satellite from Florida

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) — SpaceX intends to launch a Turkish communications satellite, the Türksat 5A, from Florida on Thursday night.

Liftoff is scheduled for 8:28 p.m. aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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The Space Force forecasts a 30 percent chance that bad weather could prompt a delay.

“The primary weather concern for a Thursday evening launch attempt will be cumulus clouds and thick clouds,” according to the forecast.

European firm Airbus Defense and Space built the satellite in England and France, with significant Turkish contributions, for the Turkish company Türksat.

The spacecraft will provide television and internet broadcast services over Turkey, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Türksat 5A will use electric propulsion to control its orbit, with a launch mass of 7,716 pounds.

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