Tue. Sep 26th, 2023
Turkey Set to Launch its First Domestic Communication Satellite in June

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Abdulkadir Uraloğlu has announced that Türksat 6A, Turkey’s first domestic communication satellite, is set to be launched in June. This milestone will position Turkey as one of the first 11 countries in the world capable of producing communication satellites.

During a recent visit to the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) facility, Uraloğlu inspected various ongoing projects and received detailed information about Türksat 6A, which is currently undergoing integration processes. One notable feature of the satellite is its expanded coverage area, which will include previously uncovered regions such as Southeast Asia.

The launch of Türksat 6A is expected to enhance Turkey’s connectivity and communication capabilities. This satellite represents the culmination of Turkey’s journey in satellite broadcasting, starting with Türksat 1B. It will not only extend Turkey’s reach in satellite broadcasting but also reduce foreign dependency on the satellite and space sector.

The mission period of Türksat 6A is designed to last 15 years, and it boasts a significant degree of domestic production. Critical components, including the flight computer, power distribution unit, electric propulsion engine, fuel tank, and power processing and control unit, will be produced domestically.

The assembly, integration, and testing of the satellite are being carried out through collaboration between Türksat, the Defense Industries Presidency (SSB), and TUSAŞ. Once in orbit, Türksat 6A will be positioned in a geocentric orbit 35,786 kilometers away and will be equipped with 20 transponders to facilitate its communication functions.

The launch of Türksat 6A is a major step forward for Turkey’s communication infrastructure. It not only marks Turkey’s independence in producing communication satellites but also signifies its commitment to advancing the country’s technological capabilities in the satellite and space sector.