The first Turkish-made, high-resolution earth observation satellite is set for launch next year, said Turkish officials on Thursday. The new satellite, called the Imece, is an important step to meet the needs of Turkey’s military and civilian sectors for high-resolution images from indigenous technology, said participants at a meeting hosted by Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank. Final assembly of the satellite is being done jointly by Turkey’s ministries of technology, defense, and transportation. Following the successful completion of tests, production of the pioneering satellite is set to begin.
IMECE Program consists of two main projects:
1) IMECE Satellite Subsystems Development Project and 2) IMECE Satellite Platform Development Project.
Based on the heritage and expertise acquired in BİLSAT, RASAT and GÖKTÜRK-2 Projects, IMECE is set to satisfy future sub-meter resolution needs of Turkey as well as to build related infrastructure and capability domestically.
IMECE Satellite Subsystems Development Project was started in 2013 with funding from The Ministry of Development in coordination with The Minister of Defence. This projects composed of several sub-systems such as Electro-Optical Satellite Camera, Communication System, Star Tracker, Sun Sensor, Hall Effect Thruster System, Reaction Wheel, Payload Data Storage, Compression and Formatting Unit, and Next Generation Onboard Computer.
IMECE Satellite Platform Development Project was started in 2017 with funding from TÜBİTAK.