TürkSat-6a at 42° East (Planned)
|Position:||42° East (Planned)|
|Expected lifetime:||15+ Years|
In 2014 Satellite Operator Türksat A.Ş. ordered the Türksat-6a communications satellite from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). The satellite will be the first geostationary communications satellite to be built in Türkey by newly formed GSatcom, a joint venture between INVAP from Argentina and TAI.
Türksat-6a is covering Türkey and West- and Eastern Europe and will feature 16 Ku-band transponders for commercial and civil telecommunications and two X-band transponders for military communications. In 2014 Anselan Electronic Industries of Türkey in contracted with MDA Corp. of Canada to provide the X-band payload.
Development and construction of the satellite started in early 2015 and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Launch is planned for 2023.