Turksat signs w/ Airbus for 2 GEO telecom satellites, both to be launched by SpaceX

by Peter B. de Selding



UPDATE NOV. 9: LONDON -- Turksat and Airbus on Nov. 9 said they had concluded a contract for delivery in orbit, in 2020 and 2021, of the Turksat 5A and 5B telecommunications satellites. Both will be all-electric Eurostar E3000 designs, using electric propulsion for both orbit-raising and in-orbit stationkeeping.

Turksat 5A is expected to weigh 3,500 kilograms at launch in 2020 and to generate 12 kilowatts of power at the end of its life. Stationed at 31 degrees East, it will have an all-Ku-band payload.

Turksat 5B, to launch in 2021 . . .

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