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    Launching of Turkey's new satellite delayed for one week

    Anatolian Agency
    14.05.2008 - 15:26 | Son Güncelleme:

    The launch of Turkey's new generation communication satellite "Turksat 3A" was postponed for one week. The satellite, planned to be launched on May 24, will be launched on May 31.

    A total of 22 Turkish engineers took part in the construction phase of the Turksat 3A.

    Turksat 3A satellite will enable Turksat to offer telecommunication services as well as direct TV broadcasting services over a broader area than its existing satellites covering Turkey, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

    With the help of its switchable transponders, Turksat 3A will act as a bridge between Europe and Asia. Turksat 3A's Turkey coverage has been specially designed to provide very efficient gain for broadband applications like VSAT services giving customers low-cost, up-link systems.

    Based on the Thales 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 will weight 3060 kg at launch and will replace Turksat 1C satellite. 

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