The project contract regarding to development and manufacturing of "TÜRKSAT 6A National Telecommunication Satellite" has been signed in an official ceremony with honoring President of Turkish Republic Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan contribution in Gebze / Kocaeli on December 15, 2014.
The satellite program, that will be fulfilling the requirements of Turkish Satellite Operator Company TÜRKSAT, will be coordinated by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).
The financial budget for the program has been granted by Ministry of Transportation, Communication and Maritime Affair, TÜRKSAT and TÜBİTAK under TÜBİTAK – Public Research Support Group (KAMAG in Turkish acronym) 1007 regulations. All the preparation phase of the project has been completed with intensive and devoted efforts only in one year.
TÜRKSAT 6A as the first indigenous telecommunication satellite of Turkey, has planned to be developed in cooperation with: TÜBİTAK Space, TAI, ASELSAN and CTECH with a work-share model based on supplementary competencies of the sides.
With TURKSAT 6A, it is planned to convey know-how and expertise acquired from indigenous earth observation satellite projects to communication satellites. Within this scope, design and manufacturing work packages according to Satellite Structural, Thermal Control, Chemical Propulsion Subsystems, Harness and Mechanical Ground Support Equipment will be under TAI's responsibility.
Additionally, TAI will co-develop Satellite On-Board Data Handling Software, Command & Control Software and Assembly, Integration and Test activities with TÜBİTAK Space.
The assembly, integration and test activities of TÜRKSAT 6A Satellite will be performed at the TAI's Facilities – Assembly, Integration and Test Center in Ankara.