The Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and Turkish Aerospace signed a contract for the GÖKTÜRK-1 Replacement Satellite System Development Project on 23 June. SSB announced the development on 16 July.
With the project, it is aimed to meet the high resolution electro-optical satellite image needs of the Turkish Armed Forces after the completion of the service life of the GÖKTÜRK-1 Satellite System, which was placed into orbit in 2016. Within the scope of the project, systems and subsystems related to one satellite, one fixed ground station and one portable ground station will be procured. With the project, it is aimed to develop many equipment and software locally.
Making a speech in the ceremony where the contract is signed, Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, mentioned the works SSB have done in space and satellite. Prof. Dr. Demir said that the defence industry will make the highest contribution to the National Space Program to be carried out under the coordination of the Turkish Space Agency. He reminded that the Roketsan Space Systems and Advanced Technologies Centre was opened in order to ensure Turkey’s independent access to space, and that the border of space was exceeded with the Probe Rocket launched with the Micro Satellite Launch System developed by Roketsan, and a first in this field was achieved. Prof. Dr. Demir stated that their first goal with the DeltaV company, which was established within the SSB, is to cross the border of space with a hybrid fuel rocket engine.