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TUSAŞ to Export Satellite to Argentina

Issue 105

February 12, 2021 Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ), owned by the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV), has taken an important step in terms of exports in space and satellite projects. GSATCOM, the subsidiary of TUSAŞ in the space field, will export technologies on “HTS Communications Satellite with High Output Power” to ARSAT S.A., Argentina’s national telecommunication company.

GSATCOM Space Technologies Inc. was established by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) in partnership with Argentina-based INVAP S.E. at Ankara ODTÜ Teknokent and started their new generation communication satellite development program activities in 2019. These sales abroad to Argentina are a first for Turkey in next generation communication technology the area of intellectual and industrial property rights. 

Within the scope of the project, TUSAŞ will be fulfilling the first export of our country in the field of space by selling various satellite subsystems, equipment and engineering services.

With the GSATCOM license, the ARSAT-SG1 Communication Satellite is planned to be developed by TUSAŞ, GSATCOM and INVAP engineers within three years and the production will be completed in 2024. The satellite that will serve in Geosynchronous Orbit will have strategic superiorities involving many technological innovations.

The new generation ARSAT-SG1 Satellite, which will be used for civilian data transfer and has a fully electric propulsion system, is expected to achieve a technologically important position among its peers throughout the world with its output capacity exceeding 50 Gbps in Ka-band.