The launch operation of IMECE, Turkey’s first domestic and national high-definition imaging satellite, developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY, will be held tomorrow.
The countdown has begun for the launch of IMECE, Turkey’s first domestic and national high-definition imaging satellite, into space.
After two delays, IMECE is expected to be launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in the USA at 09:48 Turkey time tomorrow.
Will Serve for 5 Years
IMECE, which will be positioned in a simultaneous orbit with the sun at an altitude of 680 kilometers, will serve the country in many areas such as target identification, detection, natural disaster, agricultural applications, and will be able to obtain images from all over the world during its design mission life of 5 years.
Together with IMECE, imaging satellite AKUP developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY, imaging satellite KILICSAT produced in cooperation with ASELSAN and GÜMÜŞ, and internet of things and imaging satellite CONNECTA T2.1 cube satellites produced by PLAN-S company will be launched into space in the same rocket.
The outputs obtained from the IMECE Project will form the building blocks of the new satellites that Turkey will have in the future.
With the space history of the equipment produced within the scope of the project, Turkey will gain the potential to export systems with high added value.
The IMECE satellite, which successfully passed thermal vacuum, vibration, acoustic and electromagnetic compatibility tests as of June 2022, was sent to the USA, where the launch base is located, in February.