The new Türksat 5B satellite, Turkey announced its launch date

Turkey's Türksat Satellite has proclaimed that it's taken delivery

The new Türksat 5B satellite

Turkey’s Türksat Satellite has proclaimed that it’s taken delivery of the Türksat 5B satellite once completion of production, testing and trial operations at airliner Defense and region facilities in France.

And the company’s statement stated, that the ceremony of handing over the satellite took place at Airbus facilities, in the presence of Turkish Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Omer Fatih Sayan and General Manager of Turksat Aerospace Industries, Hasan Hüseyin Artuk.

It is noteworthy that the new Turkish satellite, Turksat 5B, is scheduled to be launched into space with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida, USA, next December.

Turkey confirmed that, after receiving the satellite, it began preparations to transfer it to the United States of America.

The Türksat 5B satellite will act as a backup and additional to the two Turkish satellites (3A) and (4A). which are currently in service.

The new Turksat 5B satellite is also constructing the communications infrastructure using (53 gigabit per second) technology, which has high capabilities in the field of communications and data transmission.

The new Turkish satellite covers multiple regions, such as Turkey, the Middle East, North Africa, Nigeria, South Africa, the Aegean Sea and most of the Mediterranean.

The revolution of the space world and the Turkish satellite industry
This coincides with the domestic defense industrial revolution that Turkey launched in 1974 following the Cyprus peace process. After the US and Western sanctions. which gained momentum in the past two decades after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power. Since 2002. The Turkish state has fulfilled the need for independence in the field of satellites and launch systems in order to fully localize its military industries. and reduce its dependence on imports of foreign arms and satellite technologies and services.

On January 24, 1994, Turkey witnessed Turkey’s first experiments with its satellites. The Turksat 1A satellite was launched by the European shuttle Ariane 4 from the French launch station in Guyana. which exploded before reaching orbit.

Eight months later, the new satellite “Türksat 1B” was put into orbit and was successfully commanded and entered service on October 10, 1994.

Accordingly, while the number of Turkish satellites in space increased, Turkey’s participation in production and processing increased. The past 27 years have seen Turkey launch a total of 7 satellites for technological and military purposes into space. It gradually decreased depending on foreign sources.

Those years enabled Turkey to occupy the 26th place in the world in terms of the number of satellites in the outer orbits of the Earth.

Today in Ankara there are four active communication satellites: Türksat 3A, Türksat 4A, Türksat 4B and Türksat 5A. In addition to three tracking and reconnaissance satellites, “Gökturk 1”, “Göktürk 2” and “Rasat”. Today, the moon is added to this group, the new Turkish satellite, Turksat 5B.

Read also : How many satellites are there currently orbiting the Earth, and is it dangerous to have so many satellites in orbit?

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