Turkey to launch Türksat 5B satellite on December 19 from the United States


The new Turkish telecommunications satellite Türksat 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 Karaismailoğlu 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.

“Our new satellite will also provide a total data transmission capacity of over 55 Gbps with Ka-band payload using concepts of frequency reuse and multibeam coverage,” said Karaismailoğlu.

The minister pointed out that the communication equipment was produced in the country and was used in the Türksat 5B satellite.

“So, for the first time, equipment designed and produced locally in a commercial communications satellite will be sent into space with the Türksat 5B satellite,” he said.

In addition, thanks to the high data capacity provided by the Türksat 5B satellite, we will be able to easily establish Internet infrastructure in places inaccessible by terrestrial infrastructure, ”added Karaismailoğlu.

Türksat 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 Türksat 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 Türksat 6A satellite into space in 2023 as planned.”

The country had previously launched its fifth-generation Türksat 5A satellite via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which has already entered service.

Türksat 5A will help secure Turkey’s orbital rights and serve for 35 years, President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan previously said on the matter.

Located in an unused Turkish orbital slot at 31 degrees east, Türksat 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.

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