Flight VV08: A new Vega mission at the service of Earth observation


For its 10th launch of the year – and the eighth to be performed by the Vega launcher since its first liftoff from the Guiana Space Center in 2012 – Arianespace will orbit the GÖKTÜRK-1 satellite in the framework of a Telespazio turnkey contract with the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries of Turkey (SSM). Vega, a multi-purpose launch vehicle with already seven successful launches, will be performing its fifth flight at the service of Earth observation. The launch will be from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana.

The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2016 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown. GÖKTÜRK-1 is the first Turkish governmental satellite for Earth observation. GÖKTÜRK-1 is a very high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite. It is capable of imaging the entire globe in 72 hours.

Telespazio – as prime contractor of the GÖKTÜRK-1 program under terms of a 2009 agreement signed with the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries of Turkey in Ankara (SSM) – is responsible for the satellite’s integration and the associated ground segment.

Thales Alenia Space and its Turkish partners – including the companies TAI A.S., Aselsan A.S., Tubitak Bilgem, Roketsan A.S. and TR Tecnoloji – built GÖKTÜRK-1 based on the PROTEUS spacecraft platform.

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