Minister Varank shared on his Twitter account about his visit to the Space Systems Integration and Test Center within TAI, after the "National Technologies and New Investments Collective Opening and Promotion Ceremony" held at the Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) facilities in Kahramankazan. .
İMECE Satellite Systems Infrastructure Project, which is included in the 2013 investment program of the TR Ministry of Development with the number 2013K120790;
With the experience of BiLSAT, RASAT and GÖKTÜRK-2, the Investment Program supported “IMECE Satellite Subsystems Development Project” was initiated in order to establish the infrastructure required for the domestic development of satellite subsystems that can be used in submeter satellites.
Gaining space history by using Sub-Meter Resolution Electro Optical Satellite Camera, Communication System, Star Tracks, Sun Detector, Electric Propulsion System, Response Wheel, Payload Data Record Compression Formatting Unit and New Generation Flight Computer, which will be developed within this scope, in high resolution imaging satellites and transform it into economic value.
The IMECE Satellite Project, supported by the TÜBİTAK 1007 Program, started in 2017 and the satellite is aimed to be launched in 2022. Thanks to the IMECE Satellite, Turkey will be able to obtain sub-meter resolution images with its own electro-optical camera.
Stating that he stopped by TÜBİTAK UZAY employees working night shifts in his post, Varank said, "Turkey's first sub-meter resolution national observation satellite IMECE, designed and produced from scratch, will be ready to be sent into space in the last quarter of 2022." used the phrase.
SOLAR PANEL OPENING TESTS COMPLETED
According to the information obtained by the AA correspondent, during his visit to Minister Varank, TÜBİTAK President Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, TUSAŞ General Manager Temel Kotil and TÜBİTAK Institute Director Mesut Gökten were also accompanied.
Varank got information about the studies by examining the flight model of the IMECE satellite, where preparations were made for the solar panel opening tests. The solar panel opening tests of the satellite were successfully completed today.
It is aimed to minimize foreign dependency in critical space technologies by sending the satellite into space with the subsystems developed in the IMECE Infrastructure Project to meet Turkey's high resolution image needs.
In particular, with the development of imaging, communication, satellite management equipment (flight computer), electric propulsion, power and orientation determination subsystems with national resources, commercial equipment with high added value will be available in the domestic and international markets.
The IMECE satellite, developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY, is scheduled to complete ground tests in the last quarter of the year and launch in the first quarter of 2023.
Source: AA and TUBITAK