Countdown for Turksat 6A! Minister shared the latest information


Lerato Khumalo

Minister Uraloğlu shared the latest information regarding Turksat 6A in his written statement.

Uraloğlu reminded that Turkey’s first domestic and national communication satellite, Türksat 6A, will be sent into space with a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral Launch Center in Florida, USA, at 00:20 Turkish time on the night of July 8-9, and emphasized that this is a great source of pride.

Uraloğlu stated that after Türksat 6A successfully passed all tests, it was sent to the SpaceX facilities at the Cape Canaveral Space Center to be launched into orbit on June 4, and said, “We have come to the end of the launch procedures that started after a successful transfer process and lasted approximately 1 month.”

Drawing attention to the importance of Türksat 6A, Uraloğlu noted the following:

“This is a great pride for us. Turkey’s first domestic and national communication satellite, Türksat 6A, will be a significant milestone in our country’s space studies with its high-tech infrastructure. We aim to reach its temporary orbit and receive the first signal approximately 70 minutes after the satellite separates from the rocket.”


Emphasizing that the launch of the satellite is an important indicator of Turkey’s goal of independence in the space field, Uraloğlu said, “The project demonstrates both the knowledge of our engineers and the technological capacity of our country. Türksat 6A will not only increase Turkey’s communication capacity, but will also increase our competitive power on a regional and global scale. By entering the coverage area of ​​India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, which are not served by our current satellites, we will reach local television channels in these countries for the first time via a satellite produced by our country.”

Uraloğlu, drawing attention to the fact that the population reached by Turkey’s satellites with Türksat 6A will increase from 3.5 billion to 5 billion, gave the following information:

“There are also frequency bands where we will back up our satellites that broadcast television in Ku-Band, which is important for uninterrupted television broadcasting. In this sense, the services we provide with Türksat 6A, which is important in terms of redundancy, will increase with additional capacity. We also plan to significantly increase Türksat’s satellite service exports to the region with the entry of Türksat 6A into service.”


Uraloğlu underlined that Türksat 6A will significantly increase Turkey’s satellite capacity and made the following assessment:

“After its one-month journey, Turksat 6A will be positioned 35,786 kilometers away from the world. With a power of 8.4 kilowatts, Turksat 6A will be able to meet our country’s satellite communication needs in a wide coverage area and communication services, especially TV broadcasting, as a geostationary communication satellite. Thus, Turksat will strengthen its place among the world’s leading satellite operators with its 6 active communication satellites.”