With a 30-year lifetime, Turkey’s fifth-generation satellite was launched by technology company SpaceX in January. “Turksat 5A will have a month-long test run and become operational after June,” Adil Karaismailoglu told Anadolu Agency.
When the satellite is put into service, it will cover Turkey and Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Mid-West and South Africa as well as the Mediterranean, Aegean, and the Black Sea, he noted. “We aim to launch the Turksat 5B communication satellite, which is nearing the end in its production processes, into space in the fourth quarter of this year.”
He went on to say that Turkey’s communication satellite traffic will increase in the future. As of Jan. 8, 2021, the number of active Turkish satellites in Earth orbit has reached seven.
The satellite can serve the fields of TV broadcasting and communication for more than 30 years thanks to the electric propulsion system, he said. He said the satellite will push Turkey into the league of nations using the advanced Ku-Band in television broadcasting and data communication services.
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