Volga-Dnepr delivers satellite on time for tomorrow's launch
Russia's Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered a telecommunications satellite, Türksat 4A, from Japan to Kazakhstan, its latest specialist delivery on behalf of the space industry. The spacecraft was placed into a special container for its flight on board one of the airline's AN-124-100 Ruslan freighters.
The total weight of the cargo was 60 t. During the flight and technical stops a constant temperature of 10°C 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 procedures.
Experts from Japan arrived in Kazakhstan on board the AN-124-100 to participate in the launch of the Türksat 4A satellite, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow (15 February) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.