Turkey's Eye in Space GÖKTÜRK-2 Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary in Mission

Turkey's Eye in Space Celebrates Its Year in GOKTURK Mission
Turkey's Eye in Space GÖKTÜRK-2 Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary in Mission

GÖKTÜRK-2 satellite, which was developed with national resources and assumed the role of an eye in space, celebrates its 10th anniversary in its mission.

Göktürk-2 is a reconnaissance satellite developed in cooperation with TÜBİTAK UZAY and TAI. It was launched into space from Jiuquan Launch Base in China on December 18, 2012. The satellite, which weighs 409 kg, has a resolution of 2,5 meters in black and white and 5 meters in color. The mission computer and mission software of the satellite were completely manufactured in Turkey by Turkish engineers. It is the first satellite produced for taking high resolution images throughout the history of the Republic of Turkey.

The satellite, the construction of which started in 2007, was sent to space from China on December 18, 2012 by the Long March-2D carrier rocket produced by China. 2% of Göktürk-80's hardware and 100% of its software are Turkish Engineers. made by

The launch service Turkey bought from China cost 20 million Euros, including insurance. Göktürk-2 entered its 12 kilometers high orbit at 18.25 hours 686 minutes after its launch. Tamer Beşer, Director of TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute, reported that the first signal from Göktürk-2, Turkey's first high-resolution observation satellite sent into space, was received from Norway Trömso at 19.39.

GÖKTÜRK-2, who served in the inventory of our Air Force Command, for 10 years;

  • It went about 52 orbits around the Earth,
  • Access to the satellite was provided without any disruption in the communication cone,
  • It made imaging corresponding to 34 square images, covering an area of ​​approximately 85 million km².

GÖKTÜRK-2, which was commanded and controlled by the Reconnaissance Satellite Battalion Command of our Air Force, did not encounter any permanent and significant malfunctions during its time in space.

103 collision warning messages were received for the 590 close transition situations that took place. After analysis and evaluations, collision avoidance maneuvers were successfully performed for 8 of these warnings.

The mission life of the GÖKTÜRK-2 satellite in orbit is planned to be 5 years. However, with measures such as high radiation resistance, uninterrupted and effective thermal control, precise orientation control in three axes, the use of batteries and solar panels that are highly resistant to the effects of space environment, it has been ensured that it has been working at full capacity for 10 years.

With GÖKTÜRK-2 satellite images; The needs of the Turkish Armed Forces, disaster and emergency satellite image requests of civil institutions and organizations, and the demands of universities within the scope of academic studies are met free of charge.

Günceleme: 19/12/2022 11:02

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