Airbus to build Türksat 5A and 5B satellitesFirst Türksat contract for Airbus, First all-electric satellites for TürksatAnkara / Toulouse, 09/11/2017 - A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed today by Türksat with Airbus Defence and Space.The satellites, Türksat 5A and Türksat 5B, are based on the latest Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) version of Airbus’ highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping.“We are very pleased to welcome Türksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites of their fleet. We were the first to demonstrate full electric propulsion technology for satellites of this size and capacity, and this will enable the Türksat spacecraft to be launched in the most cost-efficient manner,” said Nicolas Chamussy, Head of Space Systems at Airbus.Türksat 5A is a broadcast satellite which will operate in Ku-band at the 31⁰ East longitude slot in geostationary orbit, covering Turkey, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and South Africa. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of 3,500 kg and electrical power of 12 kW. It is planned for in-orbit delivery in 2020.Türksat 5B is a broadband satellite which will operate in Ku- and Ka-bands at the 42⁰ East longitude slot in geostationary orbit. Its HTS (High Throughput Satellite) payload will provide more than 50 Gbps of capacity over a wide coverage including Turkey, the Middle East and large regions of Africa. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of 4,500 kg and electrical power of 15 kW. It is planned for in-orbit delivery in 2021.The satellites will be built by Airbus in its UK and French facilities, with valuable Turkish contribution. Both satellites are planned for a service lifetime largely in excess of 15 years.Türksat 5A and Türksat 5B are the 57th and 58th Eurostar E3000 satellites ordered, and the 7th and 8th in the Eurostar E3000e version, which recently completed the fastest electric orbit raising ever from transfer to geostationary orbit.
As part of @AirbusSpace 2-satellite in-orbit delivery contract, Airbus gave customer @turksat launch options. @SpaceX was chosen for both Turksat 5A in 2020 & 5B in 2021.
Minister Karaismailoğlu added that the country will launch another satellite, Türksat 5B, in the second quarter of 2021.
As for the satellites to be launched into space, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “We will launch the TURKSAT 5A satellite into space at the beginning of December. As of next June, we will launch 5B into space. "The work of our completely domestic and national TÜRKSAT 6A satellite continues."
For the 5A satellite and the 5B satellite, the company will be paid approximately $ 120 million launch fee.
We started satellite level tests at Türksat 5B. The work continues in accordance with the satellite's launch schedule in the second quarter of 2021. With the integration of band services, Türksat will be able to provide Global Ka-Band service. "
Following the Turksat 5A satellite, the country will also launch another communication satellite, the Turksat 5B, in June, the minister added.
Turkey will launch its Turksat 5B communications satellite into orbit in the fourth quarter of this year, the country's transport and infrastructure minister said on Wednesday."One of the prominent features of Turksat 5B, which will be launched into an orbital slot at 42 degrees East, is to increase Turkey's Ka-band data communication capacity by 15-fold," Adil Karaismailoglu told a news conference in the capital Ankara.Turkey is rapidly moving towards becoming an international player in the field of satellite and space research, Karaismailoglu said."Whoever has a footprint in space also has power in the world," he underlined.
https://www.haber1.com/ekonomi/12-ulastirma-ve-haberlesme-surasi/Several Turkish news stories giving an end of 2021 launch period, if Google Translate is to be believed.
Speaking at the opening of the Council, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu said, "Now, Türksat 5B and We have 6A satellites. The design and production stages of Türksat 5B were successfully completed. The installation of Türksat 6A, our National Communication Satellite, integration and tests continue at the Space Systems Integration and Test Center in Ankara. We plan to complete the production and testing process of the satellite by the end of 2022 and launch it in the first quarter of 2023. When we realize this, we will be among the 10 countries that can produce communication satellites,"
Other upcoming launches include a Falcon 9 with the Turksat 5B communication satellite in late 2021.
SpX-23 LC-39A August 29 UTCInspiration4 LC-39A September 16Crew-3 LC-39A October 30CSG-2 SLC-40? November 18IXPE LC-39A December 9SpX-24 LC-39A December 21Turksat 5B late 2021We're approaching the end of October, with no announcement of the next Florida Starlink launch. There is also a lack of launches assigned to SLC-40.My hypothesis: The next Starlink launch will be NET November, or even later. The first SLC-40 launch in several months will be the CSG-2 launch.
Was LC-40 being renovated?
A Falcon 9 will launch the Turksat 5B communication satellite from pad 40 in December.
The launch window stretches to 2:30am EST. Then, a Falcon 9 will launch the Turksat 5B communication satellite from pad 40 in mid December, likely at night EST.