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Antonov transports satellite from Ankara to Florida for launch by SpaceX

Antonov Airlines in cooperation with Proair Aviation has delivered a satellite and related equipment from Ankara, Turkey to Florida, USA.
photo_camera A low-profile cargo ramp was used in combination with external cranes.

Ukrainian freighter Antonov Airlines has successfully delivered the Turkish Türksat 6A satellite and related equipment from Ankara, Turkey to Florida, US.

The satellite was transported in a special container fixed to the frame, and for loading the piece into the cargo cabin of the AN-124-100, a low-profile cargo ramp was used in combination with external cranes, and the entire air transport mission lasted 39 hours.

Antonov Airlines says the logistics of the mission, in cooperation with Proair Aviation, were planned for six months and it was imperative to carry out the transportation exactly on time for the launch by SpaceX.

Vladyslav Ishchuk, commercial executive at Antonov Airlines, said: “For our cargo loading department, this project became a challenge. There were doubts the possibility of loading the satellite on board the AN-124-100 because of the height of the container – 414.6 cm, while the size of cargo door cabin is 440 cm.

“Also, we understood the importance of this transportation and did everything possible to successfully complete this mission.

“We thank our partners and customers for their trust and effective cooperation.”

The project is of national importance, the Türksat 6A satellite is the first geostationary communication satellite built in Turkey, which is aimed at expanding the country’s space capabilities.

Muhammet Davut Yüce, managing director of Proair Aviation and Charter Türkiye, said: “It was a great honour for us to be a part of such an important project for our country and to provide services to Tübitak Space.

“In this project, which required much more detailed work than traditional charter flights, every aspect of the process was meticulously handled, and our excitement persisted until the very last material was unloaded from the aircraft.

“We extend our gratitude to Tübitak Uzay and all stakeholders for placing their trust in us.”

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