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SpaceX will launch the new Turkish satellite into space at the end of 2020

Two other Turkish satellites will be launched into space in 2021 and 2022: the Türksat 5B and the Türksat 6A.

The private aerospace corporation SpaceX will launch the new Turkish satellite Türksat 5A into space later this year, as announced by Ali Taha Koç, president of the Office of Digital Transformation linked to the Presidency of Turkey.

“With Türksat 5A, Turkey will have a coverage area spanning the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and South Africa,” Koç said, adding that the fourth Turkish satellite is being built by Airbus Defence and Space and is expected to have a useful life in orbit of more than 30 years.

The Türksat 5A will have 42 transponders and will be located in a free orbital space located at 31 degrees East. The new satellite will offer satellite television services and will also increase the volume of data traffic through broadband.

For his part, Turkey’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Adil Karaismaloğlu recently explained that the country is already developing two more artificial satellites: the Türksat 5B, also built by Airbus’ space division and which is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2021; and the Türksat 6A, which will be launched into orbit a year later and will be the first satellite to be fully designed and manufactured in Turkey.

Karaismaloğlu highlighted the significant progress made by the Turkish space program in recent years, noting that Turkey will soon become part of the exclusive club of 10 countries in the world capable of manufacturing its own telecommunications satellites.