Final tests of Turksat 6A are being carried out in the USA


Lerato Khumalo

In his written statement, Minister Uraloğlu gave information about the latest status of Türksat 6A and shared its visuals on his social media account.

Reminding that Türksat 6A, which set off from Turkey on the night of June 4 with an Antonov An-124 type aircraft, reached the SpaceX Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA, after a 19-hour journey, Uraloğlu stated that the final tests were carried out there.

Uraloğlu underlined that days are now being counted for Türksat 6A and said, “Following the completion of the standard tests that continue after its transfer to the USA, we will send our local and national pride, Türksat 6A, to its position in space with the Falcon-9 rocket in the second week of July. Over 81 percent localization.” “Our satellite, developed at this rate, will serve for more than 15 years.” he said.

Emphasizing that the activities of Türksat 6A are closely followed by the project stakeholders and relevant institutions as well as the Ministry, Uraloğlu stated that the satellite will provide redundancy of Türksat satellites and increase the current capacity.

– Nearly 400 post-production tests were successfully completed

Uraloğlu pointed out that Türksat 6A successfully completed nearly 400 environmental and functional tests after the production process, and said:

“Turksat 6A took its place in its hangar after the landing process at SpaceX Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which took approximately 4 hours. Post-travel tests are also carried out here. After the satellite is sent into space, the journey, which will last approximately 10 days, will begin. After the satellite reaches its orbit, it will start orbital tests. After the tests, we plan to put the satellite into operation, which will be delivered by Türksat. Once operational, the coverage area served by Türksat 6A will expand to include India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. “It will increase from 3.5 billion to over 5 billion.”

Uraloğlu underlined that with Türksat 6A, which will serve for 15 years with its 7.2 kilowatt power capacity, Turkey will be able to reach more than 65 percent of the world’s population with its own communication satellites, and stated that the satellite will serve the broadcasting industry with its Ku Band capacity.