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Turkiye’s 1st indigenous communications satellite set to launch to space

June 6, 2024 at 5:37 pm

Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacir (C) speaks regarding Turkiye’s first domestic telecommunications satellite, Turksat 6A, next to Axiom Mission 3 crew – Alper Gezeravci (2nd R) of Turkiye, Michael Lopez-Alegria (2nd L) of US-Spain, Walter Villadei (L) of Italy, and Marcus Wandt (R) of Sweden during Welcoming the AX-3 Mission Crew at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkiye on June 04, 2024. [Mehmet Futsi – Anadolu Agency]

Turkiye’s first indigenous communications satellite is set to launch into space in July, Anadolu Agency reports.

Turksat 6A was delivered Wednesday to the Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, following a more than 19-hour flight from Murted Airspace Command in Ankara.

The satellite, which was then taken to the SpaceX hangar after four hours of preparations, is set to be launched into orbit during the week of 8-15 July, depending on weather conditions.

The coverage area of Turkiye will reach India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia with the launch of the satellite, increasing its reach from 3.5 billion people to 5 billion.

Turksat 6A was manufactured by Turkish engineers at Turkish Aerospace Industries, supported by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Tubitak Uzay, Aselsan and C2TECH.

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