Türksat 6A will be equipped with 20 transponders and will provide services in the Ku band and other regions in Southeast Asia.
Türkiye’s first indigenous communication satellite, Türksat 6A, has successfully passed all tests and is set to launch in June 2024 by SpaceX, as reported by the Daily Sabah.
According to an official statement quoted by the newspaper, Türkiye’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Abdulkadir Uralo?lu: “Our new satellite, Türksat 6A, will be launched in June 2024. We are determined to continue our efforts to establish a presence in space and be influential in the world at the beginning of the Century of Türkiye.”
“Türksat 6A communication satellite will make our country one of the first 11 countries in the world capable of producing communication satellites,” the statement further read.
Upon completion, Türksat 6A will provide services at 42 degrees east longitude , located in a geostationary orbit 35,786 kilometers (22,236 miles) from Earth. It will have a power of 7.5 kilowatts and will be equipped with 20 transponders. The satellite will provide services in the Ku band and will also provide access to regions such as Southeast Asia, which previous satellites could not reach.
The assembly, integration and testing of the Türksat 6A satellite are being carried out through the cooperation of Türksat, the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
The production, integration and testing of thermal, structural and engineering models in the Türksat 6A satellite project have been finalised. System-level initial functional tests, thermal vacuum tests, vibration, acoustic and electromagnetic compatibility tests have also been completed.