In scope of the National Space Program planned by the Turkish Space Agency with the contributions of the actors in the space industry, the 10-year plan and objectives of Türkiye were determined. The very first of the 10 programs announced in this regard is the two-stage Lunar Research Program (AYAP) where Türkiye aims to become one of the few countries to have presence on the Moon. At the initial stage (AYAP-1), making the first contact with the moon by hard landing is aimed and at the second stage soft landing on the moon (AYAP-2) is intended.
TÜRKSAT 6A is Turkey's first indigenous communication satellite project that promotes the development of necessary technologies and production with domestic capabilities. The Project have been funded by TÜBİTAK and Ministry of Transportation, Maritime, and Communication. TÜRKSAT A.Ş. is the end-user and will be the owner of the satellite after successful completion of the commissioning phase.
IMECE Program consists of two main projects:
1) IMECE Satellite Subsystems Development Project and 2) IMECE Satellite Platform Development Project.
Based on the heritage and expertise acquired in BİLSAT, RASAT and GÖKTÜRK-2 Projects, IMECE is set to satisfy future sub-meter resolution needs of Turkey as well as to build related infrastructure and capability domestically.
First micro satellite designed and built in Turkey: RASAT
RASAT is the second earth observation satellite after the launch of Turkey’s first earth observation satellite BiLSAT of TÜBİTAK UZAY. RASAT, having a high-resolution optical imaging system and new modules developed by Turkish engineers, is the first Earth-observation satellite designed and manufactured in Turkey.
IMAGING Mass 94 kg
Altitude 700 km
Attitude Control 3-axis stabilized control
Orbit SSO-LTDN 10:30
The aim of BiLSAT project was to initiate, develop and support small satellite technologies in Turkey. In cooperation with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), the infrastructure for design and manufacturing of small satellites and a ground station were established, and BiLSAT, Turkey's first remote sensing satellite, was manufactured and launched. Also, a Turkish engineering team has worked in cooperation with SSTL engineers in design, manufacturing, test and launch phases of BiLSAT.
Turkey’s high resolution national reconnaissance satellite Göktürk-2 which was launched on 18,Dec 2012, can capture images from anywhere in the World
High Resolution National Satellite
GÖKTÜRK-2, built by TÜBİTAK UZAY and TUSAS in partnership with 2.5 meters spatial resolution, sends images from around the world to Air Force Command Ahlatlıbel Ground Station