The Turkish communications satellite Türksat 5A, which was launched in January, will serve the world from Monday, said Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu on Sunday.
The minister informed the Anadolu (AA) agency that a ceremony will be held on the occasion of the commissioning of the communications satellite on June 28 at the Gölbaşı site of Türksat in the capital Ankara with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Tests have been conducted on the Türksat 5A, which entered geosynchronous orbit in space on May 4, Karaismailoğlu said, adding that orbital tests began on May 5 and “were successfully completed”.
He added that once the communications satellite is operational, it will cover Turkey, Europe, the Middle East, North and South Africa, as well as the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas.
Karaismailoğlu added that the production, integration, testing and launch processes of new and domestic communication satellites were accelerated during the period as Turkey stepped up its work in space studies and satellite technologies.
Karaismailoğlu stressed that Turkey is well on the way to becoming an international player in the field of satellite and space exploration, saying that it is constantly updating strategic communication systems regarding broadcasting and internet access services while providing citizens with the necessary innovations around the world.
He stressed that they want to lead the region and be recognized as a high-branded country in the world through satellite television and radio broadcasts, internet access and other value-added services via satellite.
The minister stated that the country’s power and effectiveness in space through satellite communications is as important as land, air, rail and sea transport.
Karaismailoğlu said the Türksat 5A will catapult Turkey into the league of leading countries using Ku-band in televised data communication services.
Karaismailoğlu added that Turkey’s communications satellite traffic will increase from then on.
In 2017, Turkey signed a contract with the global aerospace company Airbus for the production of the Orbiter Türksat 5A and 5B.
Türksat 5A was built in collaboration between Türksat, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Airbus Defense and Space.
The country is also working on building its own Türksat 6A. Production is running and the project is being sourced entirely from within Germany.
It is a product of the collaboration between the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and organizations and companies such as the leading defense company Aselsan, TAI and CTech, together with Türksat and the leading scientific body in the country, the Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK).