Turkey's high-resolution domestic reconnaissance satellite GÖKTÜRK-2 has completed its 9th year in orbit. GÖKTÜRK-2, which was produced in partnership with TÜBİTAK, TÜBİTAK Space, and Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ), the relevant institution of the Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Industry and Technology, was placed in the mission orbit with the launch operation carried out on 18 December 2012. It was reported from the official twitter account of TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute (TÜBİTAK Space) that the GÖKTÜRK-2 satellite completed its 9th year.
GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite has been in Orbit for 9️⃣ Years! 🚀
Under the leadership of TÜBİTAK UZAY, @TUSAS_TR Produced in cooperation with GÖKTÜRK-2, with the images it receives @TsKGnkur and other public institutions and organizations, continues to be the pride of our country by meeting the needs of satellite imagery! 💫 pic.twitter.com/tg7OiLqIo1
— TUBITAK UZAY (@tubitakuzay) December 18, 2021
Gokturk - 2
The system of Göktürk - 2 and the design, production and test stages of the task were carried out nationally. Our satellite, launched from China in 2012, is the first high-resolution earth observation satellite originally developed in our country. It settled in 12 km mission orbit 700 minutes after launch. Having a high level of reliability, GÖKTÜRK-2 satellite continues to send uninterrupted images to the Air Force Command Ahlatlıbel Ground Station since its launch on December 18, 2012.
The 2,5-meter resolution satellite, produced with a high native rate, was sent into space from the Jiuquan Launch Center in China. High technology domestic and national products such as infrared cameras, interface cards, image compression software and hardware, flight computer and x-band transmitter on GÖKTÜRK-2 satellite were developed by TÜBİTAK Space. Although GÖKTÜRK-2's design life is 5 years, it has been performing its duty for 9 years. High-level engineering measures applied in the design and production process play an important role in this success of the domestic satellite.