Türksat 3A

Türksat 3A

Türksat 3A
Mission type Communication
Operator Turksat
COSPAR ID 2008-030B[1]
SATCAT № 33056[1]
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus Spacebus 4000B2
Manufacturer Thales Alenia Space
Launch mass 3,060 kilograms (6,750 lb)
Power 8.1 kilowatts
Start of mission
Launch date 12 June 2008, 22:05 (2008-06-12T22:05Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 5ECA
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 42° East
Band 24 IEEE Ku band (NATO J-band)
Bandwidth 12×36 megahertz
12×72 megahertz

Türksat 3A is a Turkish communications satellite, operated by Turksat. It was constructed by Thales Alenia Space, based on the Spacebus 4000B2 satellite bus, and was launched by Arianespace atop an Ariane 5ECA launch vehicle, along with the British Skynet 5C satellite, in a dual-payload launch on 12 June 2008 at 22:05:02 GMT, from ELA-3 at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.[1][2]

It is part of the Turksat series of satellites, and is placed in geosynchronous orbit at 42°E to provide communications services to Turkey, Europe and the Middle East.

The contract for the construction and in-orbit delivery of Türksat 3A was announced in February 2006.[3]

Positioned at 42°E, Türksat 3A replaced the aging Türksat 1C, which entered service in 1996. It consists of 24 Ku band transponders, nine with 36Mhz, 12 with 36 MHz and 12 with 72 MHz bandwidth. Turksat 3A was originally intended to start services at the beginning of 2008.[3]

See also


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External links

  • Turksat 3A Frequencies
  • Turksat 4A Channel List
  • Turksat Cable TV Service