Photos: Falcon 9 poised for first launch of 2021
Falcon 9 launch timeline with Turksat 5A
Live coverage: SpaceX launches first mission of 2021
For its first mission of the year, SpaceX launched the Airbus-built Turksat 5A communications satellite to cover Turkey, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa with data relay and television broadcast services. A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 9:15 p.m. EST Thursday (0215 GMT Friday).