Göktürk-2 was originally scheduled to be launched on Wednesday but was rescheduled to a day earlier due to adverse weather conditions in China. It will be launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, near China’s border with Mongolia, at 6:12 p.m. Turkish local time.
Göktürk-2 will be the first national earth observation satellite to be produced by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜB?TAK) and the Turkish Aerospace Industry Corp. (TUSA?).
According to a written statement from TÜB?TAK, the satellite will operate from approximately 686 kilometers above the Earth. The first signal from the satellite is expected to be received at 9:25 p.m. in Ankara. The first images from the satellite should be received between Dec. 25 and 30.
The satellite’s launch in China will be aired live in Ankara, where hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, are expected to watch the event on large screens.
The Göktürk-2 satellite, with 2.5 meters of resolution, will be used for the image requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) as well as other institutions that require satellite images for agriculture, transportation and urban development. The project aims to procure a satellite system in line with technological cooperation and joint development and usage principles to meet the need for high-resolution imagery for military intelligence from anywhere in the world with no geographic restrictions.
RASAT, the first observation satellite designed and produced by Turkish engineers, was launched successfully on Aug. 17, 2011. The second satellite, GÖKTÜRK-2, has three times the resolution and four times the mass of RASAT.