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Türksat 3A

Türksat 3A [Alcatel Alenia]

Alcatel Alenia Space announced in February 2006 that it has signed a turnkey contract with Turkish operator Turksat AS, for the construction and the in-orbit delivery of a new powerful telecommunications satellite, Turksat 3A. The Turksat 3A satellite will enable Turksat to offer telecommunication services as well as direct TV broadcasting over Southern Europe, covering Turkey, Europe and Central Asia. The Turksat 3A has 3 uplink and 2 downlink beams.

As prime contractor, Alcatel Alenia Space will be in charge of the satellite design, construction and test activities, all the way through in-orbit delivery, along with modernization of the ground segment. Alcatel Alenia Space will also provide training assistance to Turksat.

Based on Alcatel Alenia Space Spacebus-4000B2, Turksat 3A will be fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders and will offer beginning of life power of about 8 kW. Positioned at 42E, Turksat 3A is due to start services at the beginning of 2008, replacing Türksat 1C.

Nation: Turkey
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Türksat AS
Contractors: Alcatel Alenia Space
Equipment: 24 Ku transponders(12 × 36 MHz + 12 × 72 Mhz)
Configuration: Spacebus-4000B2
Propulsion: S400
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 3110 kg (1272 kg dry)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Türksat 3A 2008-030B 12.06.2008 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with Skynet 5C
Further Türksat missions: