RASAT is a turkish imaging microsatellite owned by TÜBITAK-UZAY (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey - Space Technologies Research Institute).
RASAT is the first remote sensing satellite that is being developed and manufactured in Turkey by Turkish engineers. The predecessor mission was BILSAT 1, which was launched in 2003 and was operational until August 2006 when it battery failed.
The main purpose of the RASAT program is to further improve the experience and skills acquired by the BILSAT program, as well as to further improve the infrastructure required to assemble, integrate and test small satellites in Turkey without receiving any foreign resources in terms of advisors or partners.
The RASAT project started in 2004 with requirements calling for an optical imager with a resolution of 7.5 m in the panchromatic band and 15 m in the multispectral bands.
|Type / Application:||Earth Observation|
|Equipment:||7.5 m panchromatic band and 15 m multispectral imager|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||667 km × 697 km, 98.26°|
|RASAT||2011-044D||17.08.2011||Do LC-370/13||Dnepr||with Sich 2, NigeriaSat 2, NX, EDUSAT, AprizeSat 5, AprizeSat 6, BPA 2|