GÖKTÜRK-2 Completed Its Third Year in Space

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GÖKTÜRK-2, Turkey's high-resolution domestic satellite, has completed its third year in space. Launched on December 18, 2012, as of December 18, 2015, the satellite made 16 thousand 35 orbits around the Earth, took 7 thousand 522 images and scanned an area of 18 million 335 thousand square kilometers.

Produced in partnership with TÜBİTAK UZAY and TAI, GÖKTÜRK-2, which has a resolution of 2.5 meters, sends images from all over the world to the Air Forces Command Ahlatlıbel Ground Station.

GÖKTÜRK-2, which meets the satellite imagery needs of the Turkish Armed Forces and other public institutions and organizations, has provided the opportunity to train expert manpower as well as the development of technology and the necessary infrastructure in the field of space.

With a mass of 397 kilograms and a resolution of 2.5 meters, the GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite was produced in accordance with satellite development methods and standards applied worldwide. GÖKTÜRK-2 sends snapshots of Turkey and its surroundings to a ground station in Ankara.

The satellite, which orbits 686 kilometers above the ground in synchronous orbit with the sun, can take images from any point on the globe. The satellite orbits the Earth every 98 minutes and passes over the North and South poles once each.

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