[FPSPACE] Newsbreak: Turkey to launch its own recon satellite into orbit by end of the year

Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Wed Jun 18 21:41:35 EDT 2014


Al-monitor.com via Matthew Aid's blog

 

http://www.matthewaid.com/post/89203151921/turkey-to-launch-its-own-spy-sate
llite-into-orbit-by

 

In this article, no mention is made of the rocket launcher that will take
the satellite into orbit, however.

 

1.
<http://www.matthewaid.com/post/89203151921/turkey-to-launch-its-own-spy-sat
ellite-into-orbit-by> Turkey to Launch Its Own Spy Satellite Into Orbit by
the End of the Year

June 18, 2014

Turkey's 'retaliation' to Israel spy satellite

Ahmet Fatih Erturan

al-monitor.com

June 17, 2014

 

1.	Turkey's Gokturk-1 satellite, which will be put into orbit at the
end of the year, will be in response to Israel's spy satellite that is
watching all Middle East countries, starting with Turkey. This is seen as
Turkey's retaliation to  <http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/19364> Israel's
recently launched spy satellite.

The Turkish satellite's construction is completed and is expected to be
launched by the end of the year. Gokturk-1, which cost 261.5 million euros
[$354.6 million], was built by an Italian contractor.

Starting on Aug. 1, Gokturk-1 will be subjected to a series of tests at the
new Center for Satellite Assembly, Integration and Testing, set up on the
premises of Turkish Aeronautics Corporation outside of Ankara and will be
launched
<http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/01/turkey-youth-2013.html>
after successful completion of the tests. It will then be placed in orbit
and after receiving its first transmissions of data, its operation will be
taken over by the Turkish
<http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/security/2014/05/turkey-syria-air-attack-hu
manitarian-convoy-lessons.html> air force in the first quarter of 2016.

The satellite, designed to get high-resolution images from any corner of the
world, is fully equipped with the latest technology.

Gokturk-1, in addition to developing Turkey's capacity to collect
intelligence and provide data to the defense establishment about
<http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/05/turkey-nuclear-energy-cou
ntdown.html> threats near and far in all weather conditions, will even be
capable of detecting ants on the ground.

When Turkey made a deal with the Italian company for the manufacture of the
satellite,
<http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/bruce-riedel/israel-iran-cov
ert-spy-games-bec.html> Israel threatened the Italian company and warned
against taking images from Israel. But recently Israel launched a satellite
called Ofek-10 and gained the capacity to watch all Middle East countries,
led by Turkey. Turkey will thus be responding to Israel by launching
Gokturk-1.

 

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