Minister Varank reviewed Türksat 6A

Developed under the coordination of TUBITAK Space Technology Research Institute (UZAY), Turkey’s first domestic and national communication satellite, TÜRKSAT 6A, attracts attention with its components produced by Turkish engineers and technicians.

According to the statement made by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, the TÜRKSAT 6A satellite, developed for TÜRKSAT AŞ under the leadership of TÜBİTAK UZAY, with the participation of companies such as TAI, ASELSAN and C-tech, will take its place in orbit in 2023.

Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank examined TÜRKSAT 6A, whose testing and integration processes are continuing, on site.

Minister Varank, who visited the Space Systems Integration and Testing Center (USET) within the body of Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ), the Chairman of TÜBİTAK, Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal accompanied the director of the TÜBİTAK UZAY Institute, Mesut Gökten.

During the investigations, Minister Varank was informed that TÜRKSAT 6A will start functional and environmental tests in May. Varank was informed that for the satellite to be sent into space, 2 satellites had to be manufactured and tested beforehand.

Authorities said an average of 300 people, including contractors and subcontractors, were working on the project under the coordination of TÜBİTAK UZAY.

Reviewing national and domestic components to be used in TÜRKSAT 6A, Varank said, “There are problems in the country, is it time to do space work?” Expressing that they have been the subject of criticism, he continued:

“I give them the following answer. We have such well-trained human resources. Are we going to offer them only the alternative of going abroad? Or are we going to offer them the alternative of working off the pitch? We’ve had satellites so far, but we’ve bought them all overseas, and with these satellites that we’ve developed, we have added value here, so we’re giving it up and we’re getting that capability.

Highlighting that one of the most important state and national technology of TÜRKSAT 6A is the electric propulsion motor, Varank said: “It is the technology where you steer the satellite with electric propulsion technology without using chemical fuel. There are 5-6 countries in the world who can do it.They have integrated it in TÜRKSAT 6A.Also in İMECE.this technology will be used.shared its knowledge.

Emphasizing that they did not develop the technology only with TÜBİTAK UZAY, but also activated domestic suppliers, Varank said, “Thus, we are providing them with new opportunities in economic terms. A company from Izmir developed this fuel tank. With the electric propulsion motor, it becomes possible to move the 4.2 ton communication satellite with the propulsion motor you see.” used the expressions.


Making assessments on the visit, Varank said that they came to visit friends who produce Turkish domestic and national communication satellite TÜRKSAT 6A, and said:

“We are in front of our satellite, which will be launched into space in 2023. Space is an area where countries are in great competition and competition. The economic and military race in the world has now shifted to the space. Like Turkey, with our national space program, what fields will Turkey be in the next 10 years? Satellite development is one of the fields we value. Our satellite İMECE and TÜRKSAT 6A are also important projects in terms of human resources trained in this area, such as our newly trained human resources.

Highlighting that TÜRKSAT 6A will be used as a communication satellite at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers from the ground, Varank said: “During the development of this satellite, we produced a list of domestic and national components. The satellite consists of very different structures. We were a country that previously had the capacity to test and integrate its own satellite. “With TÜRKSAT 6A, we have made components ranging from reaction wheels to solar detectors and star trails, entirely at national and national level, in collaboration with our own engineers and technicians, and we have built our satellite.” made his assessment.

Underlining that sending the satellite into space in 2023 will provide very good capabilities, Varank pointed out that they will continue their efforts to make Turkey a country that exports satellite technology and sells satellites, including integrated systems.

Highlighting that the TÜRKSAT 6A satellite, developed for Türksat AŞ under the leadership of TÜBİTAK UZAY and with the participation of companies such as TAI, ASELSAN and C-tech, will take its place in orbit in 2023, Varank concluded his remarks as follows:

“TURKSAT 6A, which will be Turkey’s first domestic and national communication satellite, has benefited from the experience of TUBITAK UZAY in the RASAT and GÖKTÜRK-2 projects. The satellite will be placed in geostationary orbit at 42 degrees east longitude. TÜRKSAT 6A , Turkey It will serve end users in much of Europe, North Africa, Middle East and Asia as well as in. Domestic and domestic components used in TÜRKSAT 6A are as follows : flight computer, power distribution unit, electric propulsion motor, fuel tank, power processing and control unit, fuel supply unit, star trackers, power regulation unit, solar sensor, wheel reactors, chemical propulsion, thermal control, reaction wheel interface units.”

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