The launch operation of IMECE, Turkey’s first domestic and national observation satellite with sub-meter resolution, was postponed again yesterday, 27 seconds before the launch, due to weather conditions, after the postponement on Tuesday, SpaceX’s statement stated that the weather conditions were followed.
IMECE, the first domestic and national observation satellite, was successfully launched into space at 09:47 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, USA.
will serve for 5 years
IMECE, which will be located in an orbit synchronized with the sun at an altitude of 680 kilometers, will serve the country in many areas such as target identification, detection, natural disasters, agricultural applications during its design mission life of 5 years. The satellite will be able to obtain images from anywhere in the world.
In the meantime, imaging satellite AKUP developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY together with IMECE, imaging satellite KILIÇSAT produced in cooperation with ASELSAN and GÜMÜŞ, and internet of things and imaging satellite CONNECTA T2.1 cube satellites produced by PLAN-S company will be launched into space in the same rocket.
Sub-meter resolution camera
The earth observation satellite IMECE, which was developed with national resources, was equipped with the experience gained from BİLSAT, RASAT and Göktürk-2 satellites. The electro-optical satellite camera with sub-meter resolution, produced for the first time in Turkey, was developed by TUBITAK UZAY and integrated into IMECE. Thanks to this technologically critical camera, Turkey’s need for high resolution satellite imagery will be met with domestic resources.
In addition to the electro-optical camera at IMECE, the flight computer, electric propulsion, orientation and trajectory determination, power and communication subsystems were designed and produced by TUBITAK UZAY. Within the scope of IMECE Project, especially flight computer software, orientation and trajectory software, analysis software, ground station software were developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY engineers. TÜBİTAK UME’s magnetometer and magnetic torque rod and TÜBİTAK MAM’s fixed solar panel contributed to the IMECE satellite.
The outputs obtained from the IMECE Project will form the building blocks of the new satellites that Turkey will have in the future. With this project, in addition to the critical space technologies acquired, human power and knowledge will be gained in this field. With the space history of the equipment produced within the scope of the project, Turkey will gain the potential to export systems with high added value.
The IMECE satellite, which successfully passed thermal vacuum, vibration, acoustic and electromagnetic compatibility tests as of June 2022, was sent to the USA, where the launch base is located, in February.
Weight: about 700 kilograms
Dimension: Approx. 2 meters x 3.1 meters
Shooting ability: Capability to capture an area 1000 kilometers long and 16.73 kilometers wide in one go and download the images taken to the ground station with a gross data rate of 320 megabytes/second.
Native: Ground station with an electro-optical camera, flight computer, electric propulsion, orientation and orbit determination, power and communication subsystems, star trackers, sun detector, response wheel, global positioning system receiver, magnetometer, antenna with a diameter of 7.3 meters.
Encrypted and secure communication with X-band and S-Band communication systems and flight computer software, orientation and trajectory software, analysis software, ground station software.