GÖKTÜRK-1 Land Observation and Reconnaissance Satellite System carrying a high-resolution Electro-Optical (E/O) camera which was designed under a project carried out by SSB under the responsibility of Telespazio-Italy (TPZ) and Thales Alenia Space-France (TAS-F) was successfully launched from French Guiana in December 2016. Under GÖKTÜRK-1 Project, TUSAS directly took part in several work packages for which it was directly responsible to the Main Contractor Telespazio-Italy (TPZ) and Thales Alenia Space-France (TAS-F). In addition to the direct participation activities, some of GÖKTÜRK-1 Satellite’s flight components were manufactured by TUSAS at its own facilities.
GÖKTÜRK-1 Satellite System enables acquiring high resolution images for military intelligence from any region on earth without geographical restriction, and also offers capacity to meet several civilian imaging needs.
Under GÖKTÜRK-1 Project, the Satellite Installation, Integration and Testing (USET) Center was established which is a critical infrastructure for the development of technology, expert manpower and infrastructure for space and satellite systems as well as for the domestic manufacture of our country's future observation and communications satellites. GÖKTÜRK-1 Satellite's environmental and functional tests were conducted by TUSAS personnel at USET Center and shipped to the launch site from this center.
After the launch of GÖKTÜRK-1 Satellite and its transfer to the end user in December 2018, TUSAS carries out the operation, maintenance or repair of GÖKTÜRK-1 System and provides engineering support at satellite platform and mission load level under the Technical Support and Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) services.