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.