IMECE Satellite Launched Into Space (What Is IMECE Satellite, What Does It Do?) – Last Minute Turkey News


National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and TÜBİTAK President Hasan Mandal made statements at the ceremony at TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute marking the launch of İMECE from Vandenberg Space Force Base in the US to orbit.

In his statement, Minister Akar said: “We had problems after 3 attempts, but I hope we will finish it. We have to do something about the space, at the point we have reached, we cannot remain indifferent or indifferent to it. We are aware that space has an impact on other forces, including land, sea and air forces. This is important with our work. We will acquire a talent. It will be a serious asset to our country and our nation. See you before briefly there were situations where we watched with envy in several broadcasts as if a tennis ball could be seen from space. At this point we will also be able to see this. Together with İMECE, we will gain a very important competence.” used the sentences.


IMECE, which will be placed in orbit around the sun simultaneously at an altitude of 680 kilometers, will serve the country in many areas such as target identification, sensing, natural disasters and agricultural applications during its 5-year design mission. The satellite will be able to obtain images anywhere in the world.

Meanwhile, image satellite AKUP developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY together with IMECE, image satellite KILIÇSAT produced in collaboration with ASELSAN and GÜMÜŞ, and Internet of Things and image satellite CONNECTA T2.1 cube satellites produced by PLAN-S will be launched into space in the same rocket.


The Earth observation satellite IMECE, which was developed with national resources, was equipped with the experience gained from BİLSAT, RASAT and Göktürk-2 satellites.

The sub-meter resolution electro-optical satellite camera, first produced in Turkey, was developed by TUBITAK UZAY and integrated into IMECE. Thanks to this technologically critical camera, Turkey’s high-resolution satellite imagery needs will be met with domestic resources.

In addition to the electro-optical camera at IMECE, the flight computer, electric propulsion, orientation and trajectory determination, power and communication subsystems were designed and produced by TUBITAK UZAY. In particular, under the IMECE project, flight computer software, orientation and trajectory software, analysis software and ground station software were developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY engineers. TÜBİTAK UME’s magnetometer and magnetic torsion bar and TÜBİTAK MAM’s fixed solar panel contributed to the IMECE satellite.


The results of the IMECE project will form the building blocks of the new satellites that Turkey will have in the future. With this project, in addition to the acquired critical space technologies, human power and knowledge in this area will be gained. With the space history of the equipment produced within the scope of the project, Turkey will have the potential to export high value-added systems.

The IMECE satellite, which has successfully passed thermal vacuum, vibration, acoustic and electromagnetic compatibility tests as of June 2022, was sent to the US in February, where the launch site is located.

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