After being launched by tech company SpaceX in January, Turkey’s fifth-generation communications satellite Turksat 5A is ready for service on 31 east meridians.
Turksat will offer television broadcasting services to Europe, Middle East and Africa region and data communication services over the entire coverage area through Turksat 5A, according to data compiled by Anadolu agency .
With Turksat 5A, Turkey’s number of active communications satellites in space reached four alongside Turksat 3A, Turksat 4A and Turksat 4B.
The first signal from Turksat 5A was received 35 minutes after it was successfully launched into orbit by a Falcon 9 rocket taking off from the east coast of the United States.
Manufactured by Airbus with all-electric propulsion, Turksat 5A traveled for four months in space to reach its orbital niche.
After completing in-orbit testing, Turksat 5A began its lifespan of over 30 years while securing Turkey’s frequency and orbit rights.
The satellite will provide 1728 MHz Ku-band capacity over Turkey, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the African Midwest, South Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, the Aegean Sea and the region from the Black Sea.
Planning to expand its satellite fleet, coverage areas and capacity, Turksat will launch 5B satellites into space in the fourth quarter of this year.
The number of active Turkish satellites in Earth orbit has reached seven, including three observation satellites – GÃ¶ktÃ¼rk-1, GÃ¶ktÃ¼rk-2 and Rasat.