Turkmenistan NSSC comsat launch order goes to SpaceX (again)

by | Jun 24, 2013 | commercial launch services, Seradata News | 0 comments

The launch for the Turkmenistan National System of Satellite Communications  satellite (Turkmenistan NSSC aka Turkmensat 1) has been awarded to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).  Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) was awarded a contract  by Thales Alenia Space to launch Turkmenistan NSSC to geostationary transfer orbit in late-2014 or early 2015 aboard a Falcon 9 alunch vehicle.

Comment by David Todd: The contract award was made by Thales Alenia Space which is building the satellite under a delivery to orbit contract.  According to the Flightglobal SpaceTrak database, this launch order has a convoluted history.  In late 2010 it was mooted that a SpaceX Falcon 9 would provide the launch.  However, in Deceember 2011 it was then announced that the satellite had been contracted to fly on a Long March launch vehicle.  However, as a result of the difficulties of flying ITAR regulated US-sourced space hardware on a Chinese launch, the Long March booking has now been cancelled in favour of SpaceX again.

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