Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu visited the Space Systems Integration and Test Center of Turkey’s first domestic and national communication satellite, Türksat 6A, located in the Kahramankazan campus of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
In his speech here, Minister Uraloğlu said that they continue their determination to work on “making a mark in space” in order to have a say in the world at the beginning of the Turkish Century.
Uraloğlu stated that they will crown Turkey’s satellite broadcasting adventure, which started with Türksat 1B, with the first domestic communication satellite, Türksat 6A, and added that with the protocol signed between the Ministry, TÜBİTAK and Türksat, the project of Türksat 6A was signed on December 15, 2014, with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. reminded me.
Pointing out that the Türksat 6A communication satellite will make Turkey one of the first 11 countries in the world that can produce communication satellites, Uraloğlu said:
“When Turksat 6A is completed, it will serve at 42 east longitude. It will be located in a geocentric orbit at a distance of 35 thousand 786 kilometers. Our local and national communication satellite, which will have a power of 7.5 kilowatts, will have 20 transponders. Our Turksat 6A satellite will serve in the Ku Band and “It will also provide services in new geography such as South-East Asia, which could not be covered by previous Türksat satellites.”
Uraloğlu stated that the satellite’s mission period will be 15 years, and that the production of critical components such as the flight computer, power distribution unit, electric propulsion engine, fuel tank, power processing and control unit with domestic facilities will reduce foreign dependency in the satellite and space sector with a high localization rate.
Works completed on Türksat 6A
Explaining that the assembly, integration and testing of the Türksat 6A satellite continues in cooperation with Türksat, the Presidency of Defense Industries and TAI, Uraloğlu said:
“The production, integration and testing of Thermal Structural and Engineering Models have been completed in the Türksat 6A satellite project, which is currently planned to produce 3 separate models: ‘Thermal Structural Adequacy Model’, ‘Engineering Model’ and ‘Flight Model’. ‘Engineering Model’ integration “The activities have been completed and the system level, first functional tests, thermal vacuum test, vibration test, acoustic test and electromagnetic compatibility tests have been completed.”
Uraloğlu stated that the preparations for the system level compact area antenna test (CATR), which is the last test phase, have started, and that the deployment tests of the antenna and solar panels will start in October, and the launcher compatibility and pyro tests and the final alignment tests will start in November.
Stating that solar panels integration and mass properties measurement will be carried out in February 2024 after the CATR compact area antenna test, Uraloğlu made the following evaluation:
“With the completion of all these tests, our satellite will be ready for delivery to the launch site. According to the evaluations we made with all our solution partners during today’s visit, we plan to deliver our Türksat 6A satellite on the ground in March. Afterwards, this satellite will be sent to the launch site in accordance with the agreement made with the Space “We plan to carry out the necessary launch operations within the month. The area we are in is truly one of the important structures that show the level that Turkish engineering has reached in the space industry. There is really effort and effort here. We have seen it on site with pride and appreciation.”
Uraloğlu thanked everyone who contributed to the project on behalf of the Turkish nation and wished them continued success.