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Operations for Turkish satellite launcher to start next year
ISTANBUL
December 3, 2017

The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications is getting ready to execute the Space Probe Rocket and Launch System Project (BURAK). The project, which is set to start in 2018, will end Turkey's dependence on external satellite launching operations.

The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, which took action to launch Turkey's own satellites, recently started project BURAK. With the project, satellite launching systems and technologies will be developed domestically. The aim is to develop the technology needed for space projects and to create a space enterprise envisaged in accordance with Turkey's 2023 goals. Moreover, placing Turkey among countries that have access to space independently is also a primary goal.

In the meantime, starting the project in 2018 takes into account the strategic importance of having launch technologies to contribute to Turkey's development. Satellite engine and propulsion systems, the most important subcomponents of satellites, are supplied from abroad. Thus, the Satellite Propulsion System Development Project (ÜMİT) aims to develop satellite propulsion systems domestically. These systems will be used in the communication and observation satellites produced by Turkey and will reduce external dependence. The ministry aims to complete the project by 2023.

The ministry is developing satellite-space technologies. A deal was signed with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in this regard. In the scope of this cooperation, testing and auditing processes have been initiated on the Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO) on the International Space Station (ISS) to enable the space qualification of materials to be used to develop satellite and space technologies.

Equipment developed in Turkey to be used for national satellites was sent to the ISS at the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at the end of 2016. In April 2017, tests were initiated in open space.

The equipment will be brought back to Turkey in 2018, and the test results will be evaluated. The communication-purposed experimental cube satellite (CubeSat) developed by the Directorate General of Aeronautics and Space Technologies of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) will be deployed from the KIBO module and placed into orbit this year or early 2018.

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Turkey reportedly laying basis for satellite
by Bilal Khan
Dec 4, 2017

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The Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications is reportedly preparing to launch a national satellite launch vehicle (SLV) program in 2018.

According to the Daily Sabah and Anadolu Agency, the Space Probe Rocket and Launch System (BURAK) program aims to end Turkey’s reliance on foreign SLV providers. Turkey is already undertaking domestic satellite development and production through the TÜRKSAT-6A program.

The BURAK is expected to be undertaken in line with Turkey’s broader 2023 objectives, which also include flying a domestically made 5th-generation fighter (TFX), launching a helicopter carrier and other goals.

As with its other marquee and strategic programs, Turkey is expected to collaborate with an experienced overseas partner to bring the BURAK into fruition. Turkey signed an agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to test materials developed in Turkey on the Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO) on the International Space Station (ISS).

Japan launched the first of Turkey’s equipment in 2016 and is currently testing it onboard the ISS. In 2018, the KIBO is expected to deploy the first of Turkey’s CubeSat platform.

Turkey’s space development ambitions include the deployment of both military and commercial satellites.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is leading the development and production of the TÜRKSAT-6A satellite communication (SATCOM) system. The TÜRKSAT-6A, which is scheduled for launch in 2020, will comprise of 20 Ku-band and two X-band transponders, with the latter for military usage.

In September, TAI also announced the development of lightweight geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) SATCOM satellites. Weighing one-ton, the GEO satellite will use 22 transponders. TAI is positioning it for commercial purposes for domestic and overseas markets.

Specific parameters of the BURAK SLV program, such as payload capacity, are not known.

The BURAK will not be a factor for the four-ton TÜRKSAT-6A, which is due to launch before the 2023 target date for the BURAK. It is possible that Turkey is aiming to pair the one-ton GEO satellite with the BURAK SLV to provide a turnkey satellite design, development and launch program for the commercial market.

https://quwa.org/2017/12/04/turkey-reportedly-laying-basis-for-satellite-launch-vehicle-program/
 

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How many satellite has turkey launched into space? No plans for military satellite! What If the U.S decided to block GPS for Turkey one day. It is going disastrous. Relying on IR and handled GPS devices is not a good idea.
 

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How many satellite has turkey launched into space? No plans for military satellite! What If the U.S decided to block GPS for Turkey one day. It is going disastrous. Relying on IR and handled GPS devices is not a good idea.
Most modern GPS devices are Glonass, BDS and Galileo Signal capable.

Turkish satellite roadmap, without small satellites Lagari operational 2020

http://aa.com.tr/tr/bilim-teknoloji/turkiyenin-uzaydaki-yeni-gozu-lagari/812471

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http://www.kokpit.aero/imece-gozlem-uydusu-geliyor

and Imece to be operational 2019 (Observation Satellite family 65 kg class)

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Turkey’s First Domestic Satellite Launch Vehicle On The Way: Rocketsan Pioneering the Turkish Aerospace Industry
Image courtesy of Rocketsan.
Roketsan, one of Turkey’s leading company’s in the aerospace industry, have recently announced their plans going forward with the Turkish Satellite Launch System (SLS) project they signed with the Turkish government in 2013.

A Rocketsan press release that came out right before the Turkish International Defence Industry Fair held May 9-12, 2017, revealed the company’s plan to develop an independently funded satellite launch vehicle (SLV). The SLV will be Turkey’s first domestically produced rocket and it will be capable of launching low-Earth-orbiting satellites to an altitude of 500–700 km.

The SLV development is still in the conceptual design phase, but is planned to have a liquid propulsion system and falls in line with the SLS project. The SLS project involves a three-fold plan, the first step of which is to develop an SLV for the Turkish government.

Even though the SLV development is a fully private venture by Rocketsan, it will be Turkey’s own vehicle to use for government missions. That being said, the SLS project has much bigger and ambitious goals that require two additional phases. The next steps of the project will be the establishment of both a Satellite Launch Centre and Remote Earth Stations.

The goal of this project is to gain the satellite launch capability to support the sustainability of Turkish satellite programmes and to reach space independently. The most recent press release by Roketsan also states that the SLS project is on the right trajectory:

“Since the end of the preliminary conceptual design phase on the 31st of December 2014, Roketsan has been preparing for and conducting research to develop a SLV that has liquid propulsion systems on both engines.”

At the same time, Roketsan is looking at the bigger picture by working to be the company to bring Turkey the liquid propulsion technologies that are still considered to be risky to work with in the country. No doubt, this would also set Roketsan apart from the rest of the domestic industry players and create a new power-balance that may in fact create a monopoly within the Turkish aerospace sector.

Since 2007 Roketsan has been one of the most successful private actors in the Turkish government’s endeavors to reach space autonomously, just as they have thrived in other government projects and tenders in other sectors.

Considering that Turkey is centralising its space capabilities under the soon-to-be established Turkish Space Agency, the dynamics of the relationship between the two parties remain to be seen.

As the main agenda of the future Turkish Space Agency includes, “covering the need for the development, the integration and the operation of space platforms, vehicles, launch facilities, launch systems as well as their subsystems,” it should be expected that the current codependence between Roketsan and other Turkish aerospace, aviation, and defence companies will change.

The following is a promotional video of the Turkish SLS programme produced by Rocketsan:


By Adnan Tüccar, SpaceWatch Middle East Turkey correspondent.

Born in Cyprus, Adnan Tüccar completed his education as an interpreter before moving into the field of administration and campaign execution. Currently, he is a consultant at a coworking space in Berlin, Germany, as their Head of Marketing and Communications.

Original published at: https://spacewatchme.com/2017/06/tu...cketsan-pioneering-turkish-aerospace-industry/
 

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