Ukraine carrier still delivering the goods

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Ukrainian carrier Antonov Airlines has delivered Intelsat commercial satellite to Cape Canaveral  on one of its AN-124-100M aircraft. It flew the components from Moffet Federal Airfield in California, to NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility in Titusville, Florida, USA, for a launch by the US aerospace company SpaceX.

The 55,000kg cargo consisted of eight pieces, including the satellite and its payload, the AN-124-100 being  the only aircraft available able to handle the pieces – which it can do without special ground support equipment to load and unload the cargo.

Despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Antonov’s fleet of five AN-124-100 aircraft  continue to fly worldwide from a temporary base in Leipzig, Germany.

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