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Volga-Dnepr transports TV broadcasting satellite

By Staff Reports on January 22, 2014

Volga-Dnepr Airlines delivered the Türksat 4A telecommunications satellite from Japan to Kazakhstan.

The Türksat 4A telecommunications satellite was produced by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation in Japan on behalf of Turkey’s communications satellite operator Türksat AS. It will provide Turkey, Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa with TV broadcasting and broadband communications.

The spacecraft was placed into a special container for its flight onboard one of the airline’s An-124-100 Ruslan freighters. The total weight of the cargo was 60 tonnes.

During the flight and technical stops, a constant temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) was maintained to protect the satellite’s sensitive technology. The high-value space equipment also required precise and delicate handling during the loading and unloading.

Experts from Japan arrived in Kazakhstan onboard the An-124-100 to participate in the launch of the Türksat 4A satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is scheduled to take place in February.