A furniture company produced a satellite transport and rocket loading system

Nurus, one of the most famous Turkish furniture companies, has placed the IMECE satellite, which will go on a journey into space on January 15, under protection. The transport cabin produced by Nurus with domestic and national installations and the air conditioning system that will operate accordingly will be a “walking clean room” for IMECE. IMECE, developed by the TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute (UZAY), will be safe on the launch pad in the United States until it is loaded onto the rocket.

Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank said the cabin, which was developed with state and domestic facilities at half the price of its counterparts, was completed in 14 months and said: ” Here is a company that we classically think of in the furniture industry, with its own engineers and technicians and its own design, has produced a high-tech cabin that can carry satellites.”

After President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that IMECE will meet with space on January 15, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) visited USET in Akıncı facilities. During his visit, Minister Varank was accompanied by TÜBİTAK President, Hasan Mandal, and TÜBİTAK UZAY Institute Director, Mesut Gökten.

Minister Varank reviewed IMECE, which was developed by TUBITAK UZAY with state and national facilities. During the investigations, Varank was told about the mobile clean room that will protect the satellite en route to the launch pad in the United States, produced by the company Nurus.

Protects from rays

Giving information about the transport cabin, which is a clean room, Gökyay said that the transport cabin emerged in 14 months and said: “IMECE, which is a satellite of about one ton, is taken in a vertical position from the place where it was produced, brought to a horizontal position where the carrier can enter, enters the carrier and goes to the station where it will be launched, there is a device responsible for straightening the satellite so that it is loaded on the rocket in the position where it will be launched again.This device can protect our satellite from all kinds of humidity, vibration and harmful rays.It can protect the satellite in any type of fall.It can tolerate instantaneous impacts and loads up to 20 times the weight of the satellite.

The information is recorded

Explaining that everything is local except for a few sensors inside the cabin, Gökyay said, “There are certain things that the launch company requires. As long as he travels in this cabin, all information is recorded. In other words, there is a data logger system that records all vibrations, loads, heat, humidity to which the satellite is exposed. Other than that, everything is local,” he said.

10,000 data per second

Varank and his entourage then entered the white room. Here, Nurus Project Engineer Merve Yağcı said, “You are currently in the ISO class 7 clean room. But we also have an air purifier. This is one piece suitable for all heat, pressure and adverse conditions. In this system, we can collect 10,000 data per second. You can think of it as two projects, one is a container and the other is a manipulator.

Making an assessment after the exams, Minister Varank said:

“President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that İMECE would be launched into space on January 15, 2023. After the good news from the President, we first visited USET. Producing your domestic and national observation satellite is one skill, but transporting that satellite to the launch area and loading it into a rocket actually requires another technology and capability. Previously, we sent our satellites to launch sites in transport cabins or containers produced by foreign companies. What can be our domestic and national capabilities regarding the transport of the IMECE satellite to the area to be launched into space? We have done a study on the possibility of bringing this capacity to our country with the companies we work with, and as a result, we have reached the Nurus company.

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 produced both this machine and the transport cabin you see behind us. We always emphasize that Turkey is making great efforts to shift to a model that prioritizes growth through investment, production, employment and exports. Of course, the added value is the basis of this work. The way to achieve added value is through design and R&D. Here is a company that is classically thought of in the furniture industry, with its own engineers and technicians, has produced a high-tech cabin that you can see behind us that can carry satellites with its own design.

Of course, as a ministry, we are happy to have brought this capability to Turkey, but we are also happy that we could only buy equivalents for twice the price. However, because we produce domestically and nationally, we have brought to our country a sophisticated, high-tech, air-conditioned mobile cleanroom for half the price. We will send our satellite, but we will also support our business to get a share of the international arena in this area. Since we can develop such sophisticated products at more affordable prices, we of course have a chance to get a share of our other competitors in the market.”

It will operate at an altitude of 680 km.

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, agricultural applications. The design life of the satellite, which can be used for civil and security purposes, is expected to be 5 years.

Turkey’s first submeter electro-optical satellite

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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