Arianespace has successfully launched the GÖKTÜRK-1 satellite within the scope of a turnkey contract with Telespazio on behalf of the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM).
The launch took place on December 5, 2016 at 10:51:44 a.m. local time, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
This was the 10th launch of the year for Arianespace and the second with Vega in 2016. It also marked the eighth successful launch in a row of this lightweight launcher, which made its debut at the Guiana Space Center in 2012. As a versatile launch vehicle especially well suited to the Earth observation market, Vega continues to confirm its excellence with this latest mission.
Arianespace has eight more Vega missions in its order book.
With its complete family of three launchers (the medium-lift Soyuz, heavyweight Ariane 5, and Vega), Arianespace is capable of launching any type of Earth observation or meteorology satellite. More than 20% of its future launches will be for these markets.
GÖKTÜRK-1 is the first Turkish Earth observation satellite launched by Arianespace in the six missions it has performed to date for Turkey. Featuring a very-high-resolution optical payload, this satellite will provide images for both civil and military applications.
Telespazio, prime contractor for the GÖKTÜRK-1 program, is in charge of satellite integration and the associated ground support equipment.