Indigenous EO Satellite Göktürk-2 Completed Its Second Year in Space with Success
As of December 18th 2014, Turkey’s First High Resolution Remote Sensing Satellite GÖKTÜRK-2 completed its second year in space with success.
GÖKTÜRK-2 was indigenously designed by TAI - Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. and TÜBİTAK Space cooperation in between 2007 and 2012. The spacecraft flight model has been integrated and tested at TAI's AIT Facilities in Akıncı/Ankara and the satellite launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China with a LM-2D Launcher.
After an official ceremony on December 18th 2012 with honouring President of Turkish Republic Mr. Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN, Parliament Speaker Mr. Cemil ÇİÇEK and Turkish Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Necdet ÖZEL’s contribution, GÖKTÜRK-2 started its space operations in low earth orbit. In two years, the satellite recorded more than 10.000 passes with nearly 5000 images and covered 9.850.000 km2 ground surface.
Since its launch till today, GÖKTÜRK-2 keeps serving with its existence and successful operation on 684 km altitude under the control of Turkish Air Forces.
By GÖKTÜRK-2 and other conducted space projects TAI - Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. is serving its capabilities and infrastructure for further national space programs with an intensively expanding potential.