Minister Varank announced the IMECE space travel schedule

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in his “Call to the Nation” speech, announced that the space journey of İMECE, Turkey’s first domestic and national observation satellite with sub-meter resolution, will start on January 15. After that, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank visited the USET Space Systems Integration and Test Center.

TÜBİTAK Chairman Hasan Mandal and TÜBİTAK Space Technology Research Institute (UZAY) Director Mesut Gökten accompanied Varank during his visit to USET at Turkish Aerospace’s Akıncı facility AŞ Industries (TUSAŞ).

Varank reviewed İMECE and TÜRKSAT 6A, developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY with state and national resources. Assessing IMECE’s launch schedule after his exams, Varank said:

“IMECE observation satellite will serve at a distance of 680 kilometers and meet Turkey’s high resolution image needs, designed, developed and produced by our own engineers and technicians, our national and national observation satellite. Of course , the most important feature of this satellite is the camera that you see in the middle of the OPMER, which was also inaugurated by our president and was made at the Center for Optical Studies.


Informing that the satellite will soon enter its final tests and be sent to the United States for launch, Varank said: “Hopefully we will launch our own domestic and domestic observation satellite into space on January 15, 2023. Turkey has significant capabilities in the space field, especially in terms of satellite development, in collaboration with TÜBİTAK UZAY.”Our domestic and domestic communication, domestic and domestic observation satellites are also projects that have been launched to carry these capabilities at the top level,” he said.

Highlighting the domestic and domestic components used in the IMECE satellite, Varank said, “All these components on the satellite that you see, from the star trails to the response monopole, to the X-band transmitter, to the electric propulsion motor , to the flight computer and especially to the camera, were developed and produced locally and nationally and it will be used in space with this satellite,” he said.

Noting that being able to observe from space and meeting the need for imagery is closely tied to countries’ national security strategies, Varank continued:

“All the components that you have developed here actually have export potential. Currently, there are countries that want to order the camera that we use on the IMECE satellite from abroad. There are countries that want to manufacture with us satellites similar to this satellite and even order ready-made ones, in fact, I signed a preliminary agreement on the sale of cameras.

In collaboration with IMECE, Turkey will have for the first time an electro-optical satellite camera with sub-meter resolution. IMECE, which will meet Turkey’s need for high-resolution images with domestic resources, will post the images within 48 hours of launch on January 15, 2023.

IMECE observation satellite; BİLSAT was equipped with the experience gained with the RASAT and GÖKTÜRK-2 satellites. The design, production, assembly, integration and testing of the ground station antenna and software for IMECE, which will serve in simultaneous orbit with the sun at an altitude of 680 kilometers, has been developed with national resources.

Magnetometer and Magnetic Torque Bar of TÜBİTAK National Institute of Metrology (UME) and TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM) contributed equipment developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY with fixed solar panel.

IMECE, which will obtain high resolution images from all over the world without geographical restriction, will serve Turkey in many fields such as detection and diagnosis, natural disasters, cartography, agricultural applications. The design life of the satellite, which can be used for civil and security purposes, is expected to be 5 years.

The experience gained through IMECE will form the satellite infrastructure that Turkey will develop in the future. On the one hand, Turkey will have such critical technologies, on the other hand, it will gain the trained manpower and knowledge in the field of space.

The components developed with IMECE are:

KKS receiver, sun finder, astronomers, response wheel, response wheel interface equipment, electro-optical camera, x-band transmitter directional antenna, S-band antennas, data compression record formatting equipment data, S-band transceiver, electric propulsion motor and fueling equipment, We’ve lost x groups, but will announce this to the public when they materialize.”

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