2020 has been its busiest year for the company, and it is gearing up for more launches in 2021.
SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, kicks off the New Year by sending a new communications satellite for Turkey into space.
Turksat 5A is the first of a pair of next-generation broadcasting satellites that SpaceX will launch into orbit from a Cape Canaveral station in Florida on Thursday night.
SpaceX has not officially confirmed the mission, but airspace closures and weather reports indicate that it is on schedule with a backup launch window in about 24 hours.
The satellite is expected to fly on the first stage Falcon 9, which will make its fourth flight, followed by its fourth landing, this time on a Just Read The Instructions drone parked in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Falcon 9 is currently scheduled to launch within a four-hour window at 5:28 pm PT (20:28 local time). The weather forecast for Thursday evening is 60% favorable and 80% favorable for the next evening.
SpaceX will broadcast the mission live…