TürkSat-5a at 31° East
|Manufacturer:||Airbus Defense & Space|
|Launch vehicle:||Falcon 9|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
In 2017 Türksat AS ordered the TürkSat-5a and TürkSat-5b satellites with Airbus Defence & Space. The satellites 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.
TürkSat-5a is a broadcast satellite which will operate in Ku-band at the 31° East longitude slot in geostationary orbit, covering Türkey, the Middle-East, Europe, North Africa and South Africa. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of 3,500 kg and electrical power of 12kW.
TürkSat-5b is a broadband satellite which will operate in Ku- and Ka-bands at the 42° 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.
The satellites will have a service lifetime of 15 years. TürkSat-5a was successfully launched on January 7th, 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket operated by launch operator SpaceX.