New satellite delayed at least for one week

Launching of Turkey's new generation communication satellite "Turksat 3A" from the spaceport in French Guiana was delayed.

New satellite delayed at least for one week

Launching of Turkey's new generation communication satellite "Turksat 3A" from the spaceport in French Guiana was delayed at least for a week.

The launching was postponed because of a problem in launching software, said Arianespace Chief Executive Jean Yves Le Gall.

He said date of the launching Ariane 5 rocket, which will carry Turksat 3A and Skynet 5C, was postponed for at least a week and the exact date of the launching would become definite next week.

Turksat 3A satellite will enable Turksat to offer telecommunication services as well as direct TV broadcasting services though a broader area than its existing satellites covering Turkey, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

With the help of its switchable transponders, Turksat 3A will act as a bridge between Europe and Asia. Turksat 3A's Turkey coverage has been specially designed to provide very efficient gain for broadband applications like VSAT services giving customers low-cost, up-link systems.

Based on Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000B2, Turksat 3A will be fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders and will offer beginning of life power of about 8 kW. Positioned at 42°E, Turksat 3A will weight 3060 kg at launch and will replace Turksat 1C satellite.

Its lifetime is nearly 20 years.

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