Türkiye’s First Indigenous Communications Satellite Set for Launch

Türkiye’s First Indigenous Communications Satellite Set for Launch

Florida, The Gulf Observer: Türkiye’s first indigenous communications satellite, Turksat 6A, is set to be launched into orbit on Monday at 5:00 p.m. EDT from SpaceX’s Kennedy facility in Florida, according to Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Abdulkadir Uraloglu.

In a statement on Monday, Uraloglu highlighted the significance of this event, noting that the launch will place Türkiye among the elite group of 11 countries capable of producing satellites independently.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to broadcast a video message following the launch, while Minister Uraloglu will establish a live connection from the Kennedy Space Center to mark the occasion.

“Turksat 6A will set off with a propulsion system after the launch, reaching its permanent orbit at 42 degrees East, where we plan to conduct orbital tests for a month,” stated Uraloglu.

The minister emphasized that Turksat 6A will expand the country’s satellite coverage and meet television broadcasting needs. He added that countries such as India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, which were not served by currently operating satellites, will now be covered by Turksat 6A, potentially reaching a population of 5 billion people.