TECHNOLOGY, TURKEY

2011 08 17

First Turkish observation satellite launched

Turkey’s first national earth observation satellite, RASAT, has been sent to space.

RASAT was launched to space at 10:12 (07:12 GMT) on Wednesday from Russia’s Yasny Base near the border with Kazakhstan. The satellite reached in orbit 687 kilometers away from the Earth 16 minutes after the launch.

RASAT is a microsatellite imaging mission of TUBITAK-UZAY (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey - Space Technologies Research Institute). The project was funded by the State Planning Office.     

First signals from the first Turkish-made satellite were received at TUBITAK offices in Ankara, the Turkish capital, at 11:50 (08:50 GMT).

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