13 Nov '17, 6pm

Airbus to build, SpaceX to launch Turkey’s 2 new satellites https://t.co/QgURb98zS7

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has geared up its satellite programs as it consecutively signed new deals with one European and one U.S. aerospace concern. Turksat, Turkey’s state-run satellite operator, signed on Nov. 9 a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for two new-generation communications satellites, Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B. Both satellites are based on the latest electric orbit-raising version of Airbus’ Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping. “We are very pleased to welcome Türksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites of their fleet. We were the first to demonstrate full electric propulsion technology for satellites of this size and capacity,” said Nicolas Chamussy, head of space systems at Airbus. Turksat 5A is a broadcast satellite that will operate in Ku-band in geostationary orbit, c...

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