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 42°E, Turksat 3A is due to start services at the beginning of 2008, replacing Türksat 1C.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Contractors:||Alcatel Alenia Space|
|Equipment:||24 Ku transponders(12 x 36 MHz + 12 × 72Mhz)|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||3110 kg (1272 kg dry)|
|Türksat 3A||12.06.2008||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5ECA||with Skynet 5C|