First do­mes­tic com­mu­ni­ca­tion satel­lite 41 pct com­plete

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

TURKEY’S first do­mes­tic and na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion satel­lite, the TÜRSAT 6A, was dis­cussed in a spe­cial ses­sion held in Is­tan­bul on Fri­day as part of the 3rd Global Sat­show, an event that brought to­gether global gi­ants in the satel­lite and space in­dus­try. It was an­nounced that the satel­lite would be launched in De­cem­ber 2020, and 41 per­cent of the project has been com­pleted so far.

Turkish Aero­space In­dus­tries Inc. (TAI) Gen­eral Man­ager Temel Kotil, TÜRKSAT Gen­eral Man­ager Cenk Şen, Sci­en­tific and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) Vice Pres­i­dent Orkun Hasekioğlu, Şenol Uzun, Busi­ness Line Space Tech­nolo­gies at ASELSAN head İbrahim Eren, the Turkish Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion Cor­po­ra­tion (TRT) di­rec­tor gen­eral and CTech Gen­eral Man­ager Cüneyd Fırat gave speeches at the TÜRKSAT 6A Na­tional Satel­lite ses­sion held at the 3rd Global Sat­show.

The assem­bly stage of the TÜRKSAT 6A has be­gun, Kotil said, high­light­ing that with the or­biter, Turkey will in­tro­duce its own satel­lite for the first time.

“While the de­sign and con­struc­tion stages of the satel­lite con­tinue in many ar­eas, in­clud­ing pan­els, heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tems, en­ergy sys­tems and self-po­si­tion­ing sys­tems, we are con­duct­ing many assem­bly and test works in our test cen­ter in Ankara,” Kotil said.

“This cen­ter is one of four cen­ters in Europe. In ad­di­tion to the TÜRKSAT 6A, we launched satel­lite ver­sions called Small-GEO, weigh­ing 1 to 2 tons, which will be built by TAI for ex­port with its own fa­cil­i­ties.”

Re­gard­ing the first do­mes­tic com­mu­ni­ca­tion satel­lite, Hasekioğlu re­called that the project’s bud­get ap­proved in 2014 was TL 546 mil­lion ($141 mil­lion), adding that to­day, TL 187 mil­lion of the bud­get has been used.

“The TÜRKSAT 6A is sched­uled to be ready for launch in De­cem­ber 2020. Ac­cord­ing to the cal­en­dar, the project du­ra­tion will reach 72 months, or six years. This may seem long, but if you look at ex­am­ples from abroad and also con­sider the process of de­vel­op­ing a satel­lite through only do­mes­tic re­sources, this is nor­mal,” Hasekioğlu said, adding that the satel­lite is al­most 41 per­cent com­plete.

Lead­ing the panel, Şen said that the satel­lite’s pro­duc­tion should be car­ried out with a unique pro­gram.

“The satel­lite is a power, but un­con­trolled power is not power. So even though fuel is thought to de­ter­mine a satel­lite’s life­span, the ex­per­tise of those man­ag­ing it from earth is also quite de­ci­sive here,” Şen said.

Uzun said they have pro­duced five of each piece of man­u­fac­tured equip­ment for the tests and that they are car­ry­ing out the project with a ver­sa­tile and broad pro­gram.

Fırat said their com­pany is de­sign­ing the com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems and com­po­nents that will en­able the do­mes­tic satel­lite to com­mu­ni­cate with the ground.

“We are now learn­ing how to pro­duce parts for space. Many tests will be con­ducted on the satel­lite up to the fi­nal flight stage. Hope­fully, we will have im­proved our­selves in many ar­eas in the years ahead,” Fırat said.

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