Tue. Feb 27th, 2024
Turksat prepares to launch indigenous communications satellite

Turkish satellite operator Turksat has successfully completed the final tests for its indigenous communications satellite, Turksat 6A. The satellite, which is Türkiye’s largest research and development project, is set to expand Türkiye’s satellite coverage to over 5 billion people after its launch at the end of June. This marks a significant milestone for Türkiye’s space industry.

Turksat 6A was created as part of a project contract signed between the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry, Turksat, and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TUBITAK). The satellite went through assembly, integration, and testing phases at the Space Systems Assembly, Integration, and Test (AIT) Center, in collaboration with Turkish Aerospace Industries.

The engineering model of the satellite was completed in August 2022, while the operating model underwent integration, system-level tests, and final alignment measurements. The satellite’s endurance in the space environment was rigorously tested, and a series of functional, thermal vacuum, sine, and acoustic tests were successfully carried out.

Upon completion of the Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR), mass properties measurements, and final checks by the end of March, the satellite will be transported to SpaceX’s facilities in the United States. The launch is scheduled to take place at the end of June, with the satellite being launched into space using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

Once deployed, Turksat 6A, with a power of 7.5 kilowatts, will be positioned at 35,786 kilometers in a geocentric orbit. This will significantly expand Türkiye’s satellite coverage, reaching Southeast Asia, where existing satellites do not provide service. The population reached by Türkiye’s satellites will increase from 3.5 billion to over 5 billion, representing approximately 65% of the world’s population.

The launch of Turksat 6A will not only enhance Türkiye’s satellite capabilities but also open up new opportunities for satellite service exports to countries such as India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. This achievement showcases Türkiye’s progress in the space industry and its commitment to advancing satellite technology to serve a growing global population. Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz to stay updated on this exciting development.

FAQ – Turksat 6A Satellite

Q: What is the Turksat 6A satellite?
A: The Turksat 6A satellite is an indigenous communications satellite developed by Turkish satellite operator Turksat.

Q: What is the significance of the Turksat 6A satellite?
A: The Turksat 6A satellite is Türkiye’s largest research and development project and will expand Türkiye’s satellite coverage to over 5 billion people.

Q: Who was involved in the development of the Turksat 6A satellite?
A: The project contract for the satellite was signed between the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry, Turksat, and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TUBITAK). The satellite was developed in collaboration with Turkish Aerospace Industries.

Q: What testing phases did the Turksat 6A satellite go through?
A: The satellite went through assembly, integration, and testing phases at the Space Systems Assembly, Integration, and Test (AIT) Center. It underwent various tests, including functional, thermal vacuum, sine, and acoustic tests.

Q: Where will the Turksat 6A satellite be launched from?
A: The satellite will be transported to SpaceX’s facilities in the United States for final checks. It will be launched into space using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

Q: What will be the positioning and power of the Turksat 6A satellite?
A: Once deployed, the satellite will be positioned at 35,786 kilometers in a geocentric orbit and will have a power of 7.5 kilowatts.

Q: How will the Turksat 6A satellite expand Türkiye’s satellite coverage?
A: The satellite’s expanded coverage will reach Southeast Asia, where existing satellites do not provide service. Türkiye’s satellites will be able to reach a population of over 5 billion people, representing approximately 65% of the world’s population.

Q: What opportunities will the launch of Turksat 6A create?
A: The launch of Turksat 6A will open up new opportunities for satellite service exports to countries such as India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Definitions:
– Türkiye: Refers to Turkey.
– Geocentric orbit: The orbit around the Earth in which a satellite remains in a fixed position relative to the planet.
– SpaceX: An American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company.
– Falcon 9: A two-stage rocket developed by SpaceX.

Suggested related links:
Turksat: The official website of Turkish satellite operator Turksat.
Turkish Airlines: The official website of Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier airline.