GÖKTÜRK-2GÖKTÜRK-2
HIGH RESOLUTION
EARTH OBSERVATION & RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITE SYSTEM

Turkey's first high Resolution Earth Observation Satellite GÖKTÜRK-2 was designed by Turkish engineers and placed into its mission orbit with the launch campaign of 2012. The GÖKTÜRK-2 Contract was signed by between Ministry of Defence, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Business Alliance established by Turkish Aerospace and TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute (TUBITAK Space); and it entered into force in May 2007 under the provision of TUBITAK Public Institutions Research and Innovation Projects Funding Program. (SAVTAG – 1007) All engineering works were performed in-house during the design, manufacturing and testing processes of GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite System. GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite design, development, manufacturing and testing efforts performed by Turkish Aerospace in the framework of the Project are listed as follows:

 


• Design, analysis, manufacture, assembly, integration and testing of Satellite Structural Subsystem, Thermal Control Subsystem and Attitude and Orbit Determination and Control Subsystem
• Design, manufacture and integration of harness
• Design, manufacture, qualification, integration and testing of Attitude and Orbit Control Interface Module
• Manufacture, assembly, integration and testing of Satellite Models (Structural Qualification Model (SQM), Qualification Model (QM) and Flight Model (FM))

 


The goals of the GÖKTÜRK-2 Project can be summarized as to develop technology, build up expert manpower and extend infrastructure required for space - born and satellite systems, and to satisfy observation and research expectations of the public institutions and organizations with in-house capabilities. All of the abovementioned goals have been achieved, and Turkish Aerospace has obtained well – trained and subject matter experts to work on the future satellite projects and has established infrastructure and facilities essential for design, analysis, assembly, integration and testing for satellites or/and space-borne equipment.

3D Model Loading
TECHNICAL DATA
Technical Specifications
Payload
Electro-Optical Camera
Orbit
~ 700 km

Sun Synchronous Orbit

Revisit Time
~ 2,5 Days
Design Life Time
5 Years
Mass
~ 400 kg
Imaging Modes
Spot, Strip, Wide Area, Stereo
Ground Sample Distance
2,5 m
PROCESSES
Design and Engineering

All engineering works were performed domestically during the design, manufacturing and testing processes of GÖKTÜRK-2 System.

Launch

GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite was sent to the Jiuquan launch center of the People's Republic of China following the completion of pre-shipment tests at Turkish Aerospace facilities. GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite was launched from China on December 18, 2012 at 18:13 Turkey time. The first signal was received from the satellite that was in its mission orbit 12 minutes after the launch.

Commissioning and Operation

Afterwards, the commissioning process was completed and the images taken by GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite began to be downloaded to the ground station in Ankara.

Assembly, Integration and Testing Activities

GÖKTÜRK-2 Project aimed to develop technology, expert manpower and infrastructure for space and satellite systems, and meet the observation and research needs of public institutions and organizations by national means and capabilities.

Acquisitions

These goals have been achieved, and Turkish Aerospace has a trained expert manpower to work on the country's future satellite projects and has acquired the infrastructure and capabilities for design, analysis, assembly, integration and testing at satellite and equipment level.