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TURKSAT-1C satellite retires

Turksat 1C

TURKSAT-1C satellite has retired 14 years after it was launched into space, said Turksat A.S. on Thursday.

TURKSAT-1C was manufactured by French Aerospatiale Space Industries and made possible broadcasting TV programs to Turkey, Europe, Central Asia and Middle East.

TURKSAT-3A satellite was launched into space to replace TURKSAT-1C in June 2008.

Serving at the position of 42 degrees East, TURKSAT-3A is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders of 120 Watt and has a total usage capacity of 1296 MHz. It has a vast coverage area including Turkey as well as entire Europe, North Africa and all Turkish Republics, extending to the Chinese border.

In this vast geography, TURKSAT-3A provides both satellite communication services and high-quality direct TV broadcasting services through small diameter dish antennas.

Via VSAT terminals, TURKSAT-3A can also be used for the provision of internet, voice and image transmission services to areas lacking radio-link and cable transmission infrastructure due to geographical conditions.

The service period of TURKSAT-3A is 20 years.

Turksat A.S. will procure two new satellites, TURKSAT-4A and TURKSAT-4B, in about a week. The company has received offers from three countries for the new satellites. A decision will be taken in about 10 days and the agreement for the new satellites will be signed in October.

Turksat A.S. is the only satellite operator company in Turkey. Turksat manages and operates Turksat-3A satellite and provides all types of satellite communications through Turksat and other satellites.


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