The construction of Turksat 6A, which is Turkey’s first homemade telecommunications satellite, has started, the country’s only communications operator announced Sunday as reported by Anadolu Agency.
“The satellite is developed and manufactured by 354 specialists under the leadership of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in cooperation with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Military Electronic Industries (ASELSAN) and CTech,” Turksat chief executive officer Ensar Gul told The Anadolu Agency.
“The construction period will take five years and the launch of the spacecraft is planned for 2020,” Ensar Gul said.
“We will follow the design and production processes closely. The project will cost about 548 million Turkish liras (approx. $205 million),” he said
“Turksat currently operates three satellites at the nation’s 42 degrees east slot, which is where Turksat 6A will be launched as well. The satellite will include Asia, all of Turkey, and Europe in its coverage area, with an expected on-orbit life span of at least 15 years,” Gul added.