Turkey to open first satellite test center

Turkey’s first satellite test center completes expansion into international space industry

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Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey is to open its first satellite assembly and test center on Thursday, according to a statement from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).

The Spacecraft Assembly, Integration and Test Center, located in Kazan, to the northwest of capital Ankara, will initially test the Gokturk-1 satellite, a civil and military observation satellite due to be launched in November.

The 3,800 square meter center, sited near a military air base, will be capable of testing satellites up to 5 tonnes in weight, the company said in Tuesday’s statement.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to attend the opening ceremony.

The center, funded by the Defense Ministry and telecommunications firm Turksat, is a part of the Turkish efforts to break into the international space industry.

Vibration tests, acoustic tests and solar array deployment are among the tests to be conducted at the TAI-operated site.

The production of Turkey's first native satellite Turksat 6A - a Turkish communications satellite currently under construction - will be conducted at the center.

TRTWorld and agencies