According to the information compiled by the AA correspondent from Türksat AŞ’s Annual Report, Turkey’s active satellites, which is one of the 30 countries that own satellites in space, will increase to 8 with the launch of Türksat 5B, which is planned to be launched into space in the fourth quarter of this year.
While Türksat 5A satellite was sent to space to operate in order to protect the country’s rights in 31 degrees east orbit and to meet its different needs in the new orbit, Türksat 5B communication satellites were procured to ensure the backup of satellites in 42 degrees east orbit, to increase the capacity of Ka-Band data communication and the number of countries served. .
They will also provide services to Africa and the Middle East
The design and production work of Türksat 5A and Türksat 5B satellites, whose contract was signed with Airbus Defense & Space (Airbus D&S), officially started on November 1, 2017. Türksat 5A satellite was successfully launched into space on January 8 with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Türksat 5B satellite is aimed to be launched into space with the Falcon 9 rocket in the last quarter of this year.
New Ku-Band frequency rights will also be acquired in 31 and 42 degrees east orbits via Türksat 5A and Türksat 5B satellites. Thanks to the electric propulsion used in the fifth generation satellites, it is expected to increase the operational life of the satellite in orbit with the gain of mass.
Türksat 5B will have high data transmission capacity
Türksat 5B will serve in 42 degrees east orbit. Turksat 5B, a broadband communication satellite with Ku and Ka frequency bands, will provide services in a wide geography covering Turkey, the Middle East and most of Africa, especially with a high data transmission capacity of 56 Gbps in the Ka frequency band.
The satellite, with a launch mass of approximately 4,500 kilograms, will have 15 kilowatts of electrical power. The production of the satellite continues in accordance with the planned schedule.
“Türksat 5B Ka-Band Ground Stations Project” was designed to be used in Ka-Band data communication of this satellite. These ground stations are planned to be established in Ankara, Izmir and Van.
Ka band ground stations will be used when Türksat 5B satellite is placed in orbit.
Türksat 6A’s launcher selection will be made this year
Türksat engineers trained in the technology transfer program in Japan also take part in this project.
The launcher selection of the satellite, which is being produced in the Space Systems Integration and Test Center, is planned to be made this year and its contract will be signed. Türksat 6A satellite is planned to be put into service in space in 2022.