On April 27-28, the first communications satellite of Turkmenistan – “TürkmenÄlem 52°E” was launched from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral in Florida (USA). Built by the French company – “Thales Alenia Space” against our country’s order, the satellite was launched into space by the “Falcon 9”carrier rocket.
On this occasion, a telebridge was organized between the city of Ashgabat and the launch site of “SpaceX” (USA) with participation of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov.
A video film about the activity of “SpaceX” and “Thales Alenia Space”, which was broadcast from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, became a prologue to the official ceremony via telebridge. Then, the ceremony participants were shown a video film about the achievements of independent neutral Turkmenistan – the country, which is to join the ranks of the space powers.
The telebridge, which connected the heart of our native country – Ashgabat with the launch control center at Cape Canaveral in Florida (USA) began at 2.50 (Ashgabat time). Chairman of the National Space Agency under the President of Turkmenistan A. Ataev opened the telebridge and reported to the nation’s leader Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov on the ongoing preparations for the launch of Turkmenistan’s first artificial communications satellite –“TürkmenÄlem 52°E” from the launch site in the United States.
Addressing the ceremony participants, the nation’s leader has emphasized that the launch of the first Turkmen communications satellite into space is a historic event for our independent Motherland, which marks the entry of permanently neutral Turkmenistan into the global satellite communication system.
Having given his blessing to the successful launch of the first artificial satellite of Turkmenistan –“TürkmenÄlem” into the vast expanse of the Universe, the head of state wished it good luck.
... The cameras, installed at the launch site, were showing the rocket, targeted on the sky, from different angles.
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Start! The “Falcon 9”, carrying the Turkmen satellite, flew away high into air like a bright comet. A video from the camera, installed in the carrier rocket was broadcast live...
President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov congratulated the nation on this momentous event, which would be followed by the country’s new achievements – now in the field of space.
Chairman of the National Space Agency under the President of Turkmenistan A. Ataev reported on the successful launch of the artificial satellite –“TürkmenÄlem 52°E”.
Having warmly congratulated his compatriots on the successful launch of Turkmenistan’s artificial communications satellite – “TürkmenÄlem 52°E”, the nation’s leader has highlighted that our country, as a neutral state, puts forward peaceful and humanistic initiatives in the international arena, invariably following the principles of good-neighborliness, friendship and fraternal relations.
The communications satellite will give powerful impetus to quality improvement of the national television and radio broadcast channels; will create conditions for live broadcast, ensuring the high-quality Internet system, organization of distance learning and promotion of telemedicine.
This communication system will also contribute to establishing a cellular network in remote settlements, will offer broad prospects for developing the information system based on the latest technologies and innovations, the nation’s leader noted.
Chairperson of Mejlis of Turkmenistan, Deputies Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, heads of military and law enforcement agencies congratulated the head of state on the successful launch of the first artificial communications satellite of Turkmenistan – “TürkmenÄlem 52°E”.
Thus, the satellite, built by “Thales Alenia Space” (France) against our country’s order, was carried into space by the “Falcon 9” carrier rocket.
On 27 April, at 23:03 (UT) (April 28, at 4:03 a.m. Ashgabat time) the two-stage rocket with the Turkmen communications satellite aboard was launched from the Space Launch Complex-40. The launch was conducted in the normal operations mode. Two minutes after the liftoff, the first stage of the rocket separated, and the engine of the second stage started. After reaching the required position in the path, the “TürkmenÄlem 52°E” communications satellite successfully undocked from the carrier rocket. “SpaceX” reported on the successful launch of the satellite vehicle into an interim geostationary orbit and completion of this part of the mission.
After a while, it was informed that a signal had been received from the satellite, which was successfully moving along the flight path. According to the procedure, “Thales Alenia Space” company will provide support for the control and operation of the satellite.
At the end of the telebridge, President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov congratulated the people on the launch of the first artificial communications satellite of Turkmenistan into space, and wished everyone good health, peaceful and happy life, success in work for the prosperity of our independent and neutral country.
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