The GÖKTÜRK-1 programme has provided the Turkish Ministry of Defence (SSM, Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı) with an Earth observation system, with a satellite equipped with a high-resolution optical sensor and a centre for the integration and testing of satellites located in Ankara. The satellite will be operated by the Turkish Air Force.
The GÖKTÜRK-1 programme is managed by Telespazio as prime contractor and system integrator, by Thales Alenia Space for the construction of the satellite, and by local industrial partners including TAI A.S., Aselsan A.S., Tubitak BILGEM and Roketsan A.S.
Telespazio, responsible towards the SSM for the programme, has created the ground segment, including the capabilities for the mission control and in-orbit satellite management, and the acquisition and data processing systems.
Thales Alenia Space created the observation satellite equipped with a high-resolution optical sensor and the centre for satellite integration and testing in Ankara, inaugurated in 2015.
The European Space Agency’s VEGA launcher, built in Italy by ELV, formed by AVIO (70%) and the Italian Space Agency (30%), was selected for the launch of GÖKTÜRK-1.
The satellite was launched on 5 December 2016 by Arianespace from the European spaceport in Kourou, in French Guiana