The project contract regarding to development and manufacturing of "TÜRKSAT 6A National Telecommunication Satellite" has been signed in an official ceremony on 15 December 2014.
The satellite program, that will be fulfilling the requirements of Turkish Satellite Operator Company TÜRKSAT, will be coordinated by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).
The financial budget for the program has been granted by Ministry of Transportation, Communication and Maritime Affair, TÜRKSAT and TÜBİTAK. TÜRKSAT 6A as the first indigenous telecommunication satellite of Turkey, has planned to be developed in cooperation with national industries and institutes with a work share model based on supplementary competencies of the participants.
With TURKSAT 6A, it is planned to convey know-how and expertise acquired from indigenous earth observation satellite projects to communication satellites. Within this scope, design and manufacturing work packages according to Satellite Structural, Thermal Control, Chemical Propulsion Subsystems, Harness and Mechanical Ground Support Equipments will be under TAI's responsibility. Additionally, TAI will co-develop Satellite On-Board Data Handling Software, Command & Control Software and Assembly, Integration and Test activities with TÜBİTAK Space.
The assembly, integration and test activities of TÜRKSAT 6A Satellite will be performed at the TAI's Facilities – Assembly, Integration and Test Center in Ankara.
The satellite is planned to be located in to 42°E geo-stationary orbit for the operation of National Satellite Operator Company, TÜRKSAT. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of more than 4 tons. The system will be designed to provide commercial services for at least 15 years.
TÜRKSAT 6A will bring extended capabilities and additional capacity for high and secure data transfer applications with 20 Ku-Band transponders that can be operated simultaneously.