Thales To Hand Over Sat Integration Center To Turkey

By Amy Svitak svitak@aviationweek.com
Source: AWIN First

On July 11 Turkey announced an agreement with missile-maker Roketsan to begin the pre-conceptual design phase of a new launcher, according to Turkey’s defense ministry.

The agreement’s value was not disclosed, but a video posted on the Facebook page of Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries illustrates the new concept, showing a three-stage launch vehicle with the name “Gokturk” emblazoned across the payload shroud as it blasts into space. The launcher drops its first and second stages successively before jettisoning the fairing and releasing a satellite equipped with an apogee kick motor, two solar arrays and five reflector antennas.


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