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Gokturk 1A



Göktürk-1A is a high-resolution Earth Imaging Satellite operated by the Turkish Ministry of Defence, capable of collecting 0.7-meter resolution imagery for use in a variety of military and civilian applications. The satellite was developed and built by Telespazio, Italy as the prime contractor with Thales Alenia Space providing the spacecraft bus with both bus and payload based on flight-proven technology.

Imagery delivered by the satellite will primarily be used for reconnaissance with secondary applications in mapping, urban planning, environmental monitoring, disaster management, coastal zone monitoring and resource management. Göktürk-1A follows the Turkish RASAT imaging satellite launched in 2011 and capable of providing images at a 7.5m resolution in the panchromatic bands; and the Göktürk-2 spacecraft launched in late 2012 with a 2.5-meter resolution. Both RASAT and Göktürk-2 were developed and built as a largely domestic effort while Göktürk-1A is built by leading industry in Europe under contract with the Turkish government.

Alternate Names

  • 41875
  • Gokturk1A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2016-12-05
Launch Vehicle: Vega
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 1060 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Turkey)


  • Other
  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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