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19 December 2022, 10:26

Türkiye's Gokturk-2 satellite completes 10 years in space


ISTANBUL, 19 December (BelTA - Anadolu Agensy). - Türkiye's high-resolution domestic reconnaissance satellite Gokturk-2 has now been in space for 10 years, the country's National Defense Ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said the satellite was successfully launched from China on Dec.18, 2012.

The Gokturk-2 has orbited the globe nearly 52,800 times in 10 years, traveling almost 34 million kilometers (21.1 million miles) and producing around 85,000 images, it added.

The satellite operated by the Turkish Air Force has not faced any significant problems, the ministry said.

“A total of 590 collision warning messages were received for 103 close passes. After analysis and evaluations, collision avoidance maneuvers were successfully performed for eight of these warnings,” the statement said.

The satellite's initial lifespan was estimated to be five years, but it has been working at full capacity for 10 years with various measures such as the use of solar panels, it added.

Images captured by the Gokturk-2 have proven invaluable in meeting the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces, disaster and emergency response authorities, and academic institutions, the statement said.

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