This Monday, Arianespace´s Vettore Europeo di Generazione Avanzata (Vega) successfully launched the Turkish satellite Göktürk-1, a high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite. It entered a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of approximately 700km, which gives it continuous sunlight, and will be used for civilian and military uses. Göktürk-1 was developed by the French-Italian company Thales Alenia Space, alongside several Turkish partners. Vega is a light payload launch vehicle which can carry up to six payloads at an orbit up to 1,500km, developed by the European Space Agency (ESA).
“Our valued co-operation with Turkey and its aerospace industries, has given life to a modern, efficient Integration Centre in Ankara,” said Donato Amoroso, deputy CEO of Thales Alenia Space. This is Arianespace’s 10th successful launch this year and the sixth satellite the company has launched for Turkey. The mission, named VV08, is also the eight launch from Arianespace’s Vega Launch Complex (SLV) located in Guyana Space Center.
Arianespace is planning another launch before Christmas 2016. This time, an Ariane 5 will deploy two telecommunications satellites, one for Brazil’s Embratel Stat One and the second for Japan’s SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.
Sources: Arianespace, Spaceflight Insider and Space News.