‘Walking clean room’ to IMECE satellite


According to the statement made by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that IMECE will meet with space on January 15, Minister Mustafa Varank, Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. ( TUSAŞ) visited the Space Systems Integration and Test Center (USET) at Akıncı facilities. During his visit to Minister Varank, the President of TÜBİTAK Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal and Institute Director TÜBİTAK UZAY Assoc. Dr. Mesut Gökten accompanied him. Minister Varank reviewed IMECE, which was developed by TUBITAK UZAY with state and national facilities. Varank received information about the traveling clean room, which will protect the satellite on the way to the launch pad in the United States, produced by the company Nurus.


Renan Gökyay, board member and chief designer of the company, said that when Covid-19 started, they converted the work rooms inside the factory into negative pressure clean rooms and positive and that they have been put into use by the hospitals of Ankara, “My professor Hasan, the president of TÜBİTAK, saw that. He said: “We are going to transport a satellite”, I said: “We let’s do it.” This product was released in 14 months.

Giving information about the transport cabin, which is also a clean room, Gökyay said: “The IMECE, which is a satellite of about one ton, is taken in an upright position from the place where it was produced, brought to a horizontal position where the carrier can enter, enters the carrier and proceeds to the station where it will be launched, then again to a vertical position in the position where the satellite will be launched. “This device can protect our satellite from all kinds of humidity, vibrations and harmful rays. It can protect the satellite in all kinds of drops. It can tolerate instantaneous impacts and loads up to 20 times the weight of the satellite “, did he declare.

Explaining that everything is local except for a few sensors in the cabin, Gökyay said: “There are certain things that the launch company requires. As long as he is traveling in this cabin, all the information is recorded. In d ‘In other words, vibrations, loads, heat, humidity, whatever the satellite is exposed to is recorded.’ There is a data recording system that keeps it under it. Everything else is local,” he said.



Varank and his entourage then entered the white room. Assessing after the review, Minister Varank said: “Producing your home and national observation satellite is one capability, but transporting that satellite to the launch area and loading it onto the rocket actually requires another technology and Previously, we sent our satellites to the launch sites with transport cabins or containers produced by foreign companies. ?We made a study saying that we can bring this capacity to our country with all the companies we work with, and therefore, we have reached Nurus.we are a company that develops technological projects.TÜBİTAK UZAY, in cooperation with Nurus, produced the cabin that will carry our domestic and national observation satellite İMECE, which you see behind us. He didn’t just produce this cabin. At the same time, with the machine that you see here, the “USET” satellite He also made this tool that will allow it to be removed from the body, placed in this cabin, and then placed on the rocket that will take it to space. Although it may seem like a cabin activity, the transport cabin you see behind me is actually a walking clean room. You know, satellites have to be stored in very specific conditions before being launched into space. All production activities take place in the clean room. Therefore, this cabin, which has its own air conditioning system, which will protect the satellite from all kinds of factors and provide clean room conditions, and which will protect the satellite from all kinds of impacts and pressures, came into being . In a short period of 14 months, our company has both produced this machine and produced the transport cabin you see behind us.”

Stating that they can only get the equivalent of this cabin at twice the price, Varank said: “However, since we are producing domestically and nationally, we have brought such a sophisticated, high-tech and self-contained walking cleanroom. -packaged in our country for half the price.We will send our satellite, but for our company to get a share of the international arena in this field.We will also support you.Since we can develop such sophisticated products at more affordable, of course, we have a chance to get a share of our other competitors in the market.”



IMECE, which will be launched from the United States, will serve in simultaneous orbit to the Sun at an altitude of 680 kilometers and will display images within 48 hours of launch. 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 and agricultural applications. The design life of the satellite, which can be used for civil and security purposes, is expected to be 5 years.

In collaboration with IMECE, Turkey will have for the first time an electro-optical satellite camera with sub-meter resolution. IMECE, which will serve Turkey’s high-resolution imagery needs, will post the images within 48 hours of the January 15 launch. IMECE, which is scheduled to launch in November after testing begins this month, will obtain high-resolution images from around the world without geographical restrictions.

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