Turkey launches new generation communication satelliteJune 13th, 2008 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS
Ankara, June 13 (Xinhua) Turkey has launched its new generation communication satellite “Turksat 3A” from the Kourou base of French Guiana, the semi-official Anatolia news agency has reported. The report said that the satellite launched Thursday would be located in the orbit of 42 degree east longitude and the control of the satellite will be pursued in the Golbasi Satellite Ground Station near the Turkish capital Ankara.
The satellite, which has three uplink and two downlink beams, will replace Turksat 1C satellite, the report said.
The high-tech satellite will offer telecommunication services as well as direct TV broadcasting services in a broader area than its existing coverage in 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. It also expected that the satellite will provide very efficient gain for broadband applications like Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services giving customers low-cost uplink systems.
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