The first images beamed back to earth from Turkey’s Gokturk-2 satellite were of the Turkish flag on the Besparmak mountain.
During a ceremony marking the 49th anniversary of the establishment of Ankara’s Chamber of Industry, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the first images of the satellite were the flags of Turkey and the TRNC on the mountain range.
Gokturk-2 was launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in People’s Republic of China on December 18, 2012. Its monitoring station is in the campus of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. 100 per cent of the software and 80 per cent of the hardware of the satellite was produced by Turkish engineers. The satellite has a resolution of 2.5 metres.
The satellite, a joint development by TÜBİTAK and Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc, will mainly be used for environmental protection, mineral resource exploration, urban planning and disaster monitoring and management and Turkish military requirements.