Antonov transports Turkish satellite to Spacex in Florida
AN-124 on a time-sensitive mission

Antonov transports Turkish satellite to Spacex in Florida

Photo Antonov Airlines

In cooperation with Proair, Antonov Airlines completed a critical mission transporting Turkey’s first domestically built communications satellite, Türksat 6A, from Ankara to Florida. The unit needed to be at the SpaceX facility in time for its scheduled launch.

The 39-hour mission presented a logistical challenge due to the satellite’s container exceeding the height limitations of the AN-124-100 cargo door. Specialists from Antonov devised a solution using a low-profile cargo ramp and external cranes to facilitate loading.

“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,” said Vladyslav Ishchuk, Commercial Executive for ANTONOV Airlines. “Also, we understood the importance of this transportation and did everything possible to successfully complete this mission.”

Türksat 6A represents a significant milestone in Turkey’s space program, aimed at expanding the country’s communication capabilities across a vast region encompassing Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia. Meticulous planning over six months ensured the time-sensitive delivery ahead of the satellite’s launch.

“It was a great honor 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,” Muhammet Davut Yüce, Managing Director of Proair Aviation & Charter Türkiye, said. “We extend our gratitude to Tübitak Uzay and all stakeholders for placing their trust in us”, commented.”

Author: Adnan Bajic

Add your comment

characters remaining.

Log in through one of the following social media partners to comment.

Antonov transports Turkish satellite to Spacex in Florida
Antonov transports Turkish satellite to Spacex in Florida
AN-124 on a time-sensitive mission

Antonov transports Turkish satellite to Spacex in Florida

Photo Antonov Airlines

In cooperation with Proair, Antonov Airlines completed a critical mission transporting Turkey’s first domestically built communications satellite, Türksat 6A, from Ankara to Florida. The unit needed to be at the SpaceX facility in time for its scheduled launch.

The 39-hour mission presented a logistical challenge due to the satellite’s container exceeding the height limitations of the AN-124-100 cargo door. Specialists from Antonov devised a solution using a low-profile cargo ramp and external cranes to facilitate loading.

“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,” said Vladyslav Ishchuk, Commercial Executive for ANTONOV Airlines. “Also, we understood the importance of this transportation and did everything possible to successfully complete this mission.”

Türksat 6A represents a significant milestone in Turkey’s space program, aimed at expanding the country’s communication capabilities across a vast region encompassing Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia. Meticulous planning over six months ensured the time-sensitive delivery ahead of the satellite’s launch.

“It was a great honor 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,” Muhammet Davut Yüce, Managing Director of Proair Aviation & Charter Türkiye, said. “We extend our gratitude to Tübitak Uzay and all stakeholders for placing their trust in us”, commented.”

Author: Adnan Bajic

Add your comment

characters remaining.

Log in through one of the following social media partners to comment.