MonacoSat mission updates
Launch of Falcon 9 with payload TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat
Official comment on the Falcon 9 delay
SpaceX is now targeting April 24 to launch the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT telecommunications satellite, which was scheduled to launch this month. A potential concern was observed when the company stress tested helium bottles from a similar lot as those onboard the satellite’s Falcon-9 launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral.
From SpaceX, “While it’s unlikely that the flight helium bottles would have encountered an issue during the mission, out of an abundance of caution, we have opted to replace a few of the flight bottles. With the time required to make the change along with Range availability, our target launch date is now April 24.”