Turkey plans to send small satellite next year

Ozkan Dalbay, director general of Turkey's satellite communications company, said on Friday that they were planning to send a small satellite to space next year.

Turkey plans to send small satellite next year

Ozkan Dalbay, director general of Turkey's satellite communications company, TURKSAT, said on Friday that they were planning to send a small satellite to space next year.

"TURKSAT will send a communication satellite, totally designed and manufactured in Turkey, to space at the beginning of 2015," he said in an exclusive interview with the A.A correspondent.

Dalbay said Council of Ministers in 2005 had assigned TURKSAT to design a local communication satellite and noted TURKSAT carried out "technology transfer program" in parallel to production of TURKSAT 3A.

Dalbay said within the scope of the project, around 25 people attended technology transfer programs organized in foreign countries.

Dalbay said TURKSAT signed a cooperation protocol with Istanbul Technical University (ITU) adding that, "TURKSAT needs to share both academic and practical experience in planning stage. ITU launched a satellite to space last year."

He said, "TURKSAT plans to test a small satellite in 2011 the latest and send it to space. It will be tested for six months. This experience will be used in future broad-scale satellites. Design of a broad-scale satellite continues for 2 years. We are planning to start designing the satellite at the end of 2012 and conclude it by the end of 2014. The communication satellite which will be totally designed and manufactured in Turkey would be sent to space at the beginning of 2015."

Dalbay said TURKSAT planned a 10-year satellite strategy adding that, "according to the plan, we will launch the satellite to space in 2015 and 2017. The plans will be revised on new satellites afterwards."

Dalbay said only 5-6 countries in the world could launch satellite, "Turkey will be one of the first 10 countries achieving this," he added.


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