TURKSAT 6A Communication Satellite is Turkey’s first indigenous communication satellite project that aimed to promote the development of necessary technologies and production with domestic capabilities. Turkey has begun to provide services from its communications satellite since 1994, with launching of TURKSAT 1B satellite. After that, TURKSAT 1C, 2A, 3A, 4A and 4B satellites were commissioned. All these satellites have been made by foreign contractors. In TURKSAT 6A Project, TÜBİTAK UZAY, with its partners (TAI, ASELSAN and CTECH), are developing a national communication satellite platform, using own space technology abilities which are already proven in previous space projects, RASAT and GÖKTÜRK-2.
TURKSAT 6A Project has been started on 15th of December 2014. Total duration of the project was planned as 60 months. Besides the “Flight Model” which will realize the mission in space, auxiliary system level models for the ground tests and development purposes will also be produced during the project.
TURKSAT 6A Project is a national R&D Project funded by TÜBİTAK Head Quarter and The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication. TÜRKSAT A.Ş. is the end-user and will be owner of the satellite after successful completion of the commissioning phase. General specifications are given in Table 1.
|Faydalı Yük||20 Ku-Bant Aktarıcı|
|Hizmet Ömrü||> 15 yıl|
|Kuru Kütle||~1700 kg|
|Toplam Kütle||~4000 kg|
|Güç Üretimi||~7 kW (Ömür Sonu)|