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April 27 Falcon 9 • TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat
Launch window: 2214-2344 GMT (6:14-7:44 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat 1 communications satellite for Thales Alenia Space and the government of Turkmenistan. The spacecraft is Turkmenistan’s first national satellite and will support communications over Central Asia. Delayed from March 21 and April 24.
May 20 Atlas 5 • AFSPC 5
Launch period: 1300-1700 GMT (9 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the AFSPC 5 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The payloads include the military’s X-37B space plane and UltraSat, a package of small CubeSat secondary payloads. The rocket will fly in the 501 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.