Antonov Airlines transported a Turkish satellite to launch SpaceX on a Ruslan An-124 aircraft.
In the last few months, the airline has performed three shipments to supply satellite components.
The Antonov An-124-100 aircraft transported a new Turkish telecommunications satellite Turksat 5B from Toulouse, France, to launch the US aerospace company SpaceX. The transportation was carried out in cooperation with the Bollore Logistics Space department in Toulouse. Ruslan is the only aircraft capable of transporting unique containers, as they were developed by Airbus Defense and Space specifically for transportation by An-124-100 aircraft.
The total weight of the cargo was 60 tons, and its dimensions: length – 14.69 m, width – 5.45 m and height – 5.36 m were close to the size of the cargo compartment of the aircraft.
“The professionalism of Antonov’s technical team is a guarantee of safe and efficient transportation of this delicate and unique cargo,” said Serhiy Bilozerov, a specialist in Antonov’s commercial department. – For loading and unloading together with the onboard crane the external crane, and also other special equipment developed and made by experts of SE “Antonov” was used.
SpaceX launched Turksat 5B on December 18 at the request of Turkey from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral. This satellite will be the most powerful for the country and will reliably provide a wide range of communications not only for Turkey but also neighboring countries for 35 years.
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