The new Turkish telecommunications satellite TÃ¼rksat 5B will be put into orbit on December 19 via the Space X Falcon 9 rocket from the US state of Florida, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil KaraismailoÄlu announced on Friday.
The satellite, produced by Airbus, was transferred from France to the United States on November 29, the minister said at a press conference in the capital Ankara.
The new satellite, he said, will be the most powerful satellite in the country. It will increase the capacity of the band and serve not only Turkey but also neighboring countries.
It is expected to work for 35 years and has the next-generation electric pulse system, he added.
âOur new satellite will also provide a total data transmission capacity of over 55 Gbit / s with Ka-band payload using concepts of frequency reuse and multibeam coverage,â said KaraismailoÄlu.
The minister stressed that the communication equipment was produced in the country and used in the TÃ¼rksat 5B satellite.
“So, for the first time, equipment designed and produced locally in a commercial communications satellite will be sent into space with the TÃ¼rksat 5B satellite,” he said.
Moreover, thanks to the high data capacity provided by the TÃ¼rksat 5B satellite, we will be able to easily establish an Internet infrastructure in places inaccessible by the terrestrial infrastructure, âadded KaraismailoÄlu.
TÃ¼rksat 5B will increase Turkey’s number of active communications satellites to five and the total number of satellites to eight.
The production of the domestic satellite TÃ¼rksat 6A is also underway, the minister reiterated, adding that the assembly, integration and testing of the satellite are being carried out at the Ankara Space Systems Integration and Testing Center.
“We will send our domestic TÃ¼rksat 6A satellite into space in 2023 as planned.”
The country previously launched its fifth-generation TÃ¼rksat 5A satellite via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which has already entered service.
TÃ¼rksat 5A will help secure Turkey’s orbital rights and serve for 35 years, President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan previously said on the matter.
Located in an unused Turkish orbital slot at 31 degrees east, TÃ¼rksat 5A offers broadcast services over a large geographic area that covers Europe, the Middle East and large parts of Africa as well as the Mediterranean, Aegean and the Black Sea region.