With the entry into service of its new generation satellites Türksat 5A and Türksat 5B, Türksat will bolster its position as a reliable solution partner of defence and security forces, as well as of civilian users. The satellites will carry the services provided by Türksat to the next level with their technical capacities and orbiting positions.
Works on the production of Türksat 5A and Türksat 5B are underway, in response to the communication needs of the country. To date, Türksat has provided service through a rental satellite in a 31-degree East orbit, but with the launch of Türksat 5A, it will be providing its services in this orbit for the first time with its own satellite, thus gaining new frequency rights. The aim with Türksat 5B is to increase the current capacity in the 42-degree East orbit, allowing a wider geography to be served and the gaining of new frequency rights.
The production of Türksat 5A and Türksat 5B, developed to protect orbital rights in the 31-degree East orbit, and to permit the provision of communication solutions from a new orbit, to increase the Ka-Band data communication capacity, and to provide advanced data communication services to sea, land and air vehicles, is continuing at the facilities of Airbus D&S located in France and the United Kingdom.
Türksat 5A Project
Türksat 5A will serve in the 31-degree East orbit and operate in the Ku frequency band, providing service to a wide region covering Turkey, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and South Africa. The satellite, with a launch mass of approximately 3,400 kg, will carry a payload of 10 kW power.
The production of Türksat 5A’s Service and Communication Modules, as well as the mechanical integration of the modules with each other, have already been completed. The assembly of the antennae of Türksat 5A has also been completed, and the satellite is currently undergoing performance and environmental tests under space conditions.
Türksat 5B Project
Türksat 5B, which will serve in the 42-degree East orbit, is a broadband communication satellite operating in the Ku and Ka frequency bands. With its high data transmission capacity of 53 Gbps in the Ka frequency band, it will serve a wide geographical area that includes Turkey, the Middle East, North East Africa, Nigeria, South Africa, a large part of the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. The satellite has a launch mass of approximately 4,500 kg and will carrying a payload of 12 kW power.
Production of the satellite’s Service Module has already been completed, and the integration of equipment into the Communication Module is continuing. In the next stage, the two modules will be combined, and environment and performance tests, to be conducted under space conditions, will be launched. Meanwhile, the production and delivery of the satellite’s antennae have been completed. Production works for Türksat 5B are continuing to schedule.
Production Process of Satellites
The two new generation satellites operate with Electric Propulsion System technologies. This technology is used to manage the orbiting and positional correction of the satellite, making use of an electrical propulsion system, and resulting in a significantly longer orbital life. The electric propulsion system also provides significant advantages in weight terms, permitting the integration of much more communication capacity.
To ensure Turkey retains experienced personnel in this area, a Technology Transfer Programme has been included in the Türksat 5A and Türksat 5B satellite programme. During the production of Türksat 5A, 12 Türksat engineers underwent practical and theoretical training at the facilities of Airbus D&S under the supervision of Airbus experts.
Türksat 5A and Türksat 5B swill be launched by a Falcon 9 rocket from the Florida-based Cape Canaveral, the launch site of Space X company.
For further information, please visit https://www.turksat.com.tr/en/satellite
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