Türkiye launches first Earth observation satellite
Türkiye launches first Earth observation satellite
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Türkiye launches first Earth observation satellite

Photo: AFP/ANADOLU AGENCY/Arif Akdogan
Eurasia 22/04/2023 07:46

Türkiye has launched IMECE, its first high-resolution Earth-observation satellite, into space. IMECE has been entirely designed and developed by TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute and will provide Türkiye with high-resolution imagery for different purposes, such as disaster management, mapping, environment and agricultural practices, urbanization, and defense.

Türkiye's first domestically designed and manufactured high-resolution Earth observation satellite IMECE was launched into orbit from California, U.S., CGTN News Website reported.

After multiple delays over the past few weeks due to adverse weather conditions, the satellite was successfully launched at 11:48 p.m., Friday local time (0648 GMT on Saturday) by Space X with a Falcon 9 rocket, the agency said.

The 700-kg high-resolution Earth observation satellite was made by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TUBITAK), the country's official scientific body. A team of 200 people worked for five years on the satellite.
"From design to integration to the equipment loadout, it was made by our scientists, engineers, and technicians," Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank told reporters Friday. "From the electro-optical camera to the solar panels and even the software, it's 90 percent domestically made," he added.

According to Anadolu, IMECE will reduce Türkiye's dependence on foreign sources for satellite technologies. It will serve the country in many areas, such as "target detection and diagnosis, natural disasters, mapping, and agricultural applications."

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