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Airbus to Build Turksat 5A and 5B Satellites

November 9, 2017 - A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed by Turksat with Airbus Defence and Space. The satellites, Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B, are based on the latest Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) version of Airbus’ highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping. Turksat 5A is a broadcast satellite which will operate in Ku-band at the 31 degrees East longitude slot in geostationary orbit, covering Turkey, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and South Africa. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of 3,500 kg and electrical power of 12 kW. It is planned for in-orbit delivery in 2020. Turksat 5B is a broadband satellite which will operate in Ku- and Ka-bands at the 42 degrees East longitude slot in geostationary orbit. Its HTS (High Throughput Satellite) payload will provide more than 50 Gbps of capacity over a wide coverage including Turkey, the Middle East and large regions of Africa. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of 4,500 kg and electrical power of 15 kW. It is planned for in-orbit delivery in 2021. The satellites will be built by Airbus in its UK and French facilities, with valuable Turkish contribution. The 5A satellite will be launched in 2020 and the 5B in 2021 by SpaceX.

 
 
 
 
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