Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 15
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish Turksat 4A satellite has been launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and delivered into orbit, Turkish TV channel TRT Haber reported on Friday.
The launch of the satellite was attended by Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Lutfi Elvan.
The Turksat 4A satellite, built by the Japanese "Mitsubishi Electric" company, was handed over to Turkey on January 8, 2014.
The first Turkish reconnaissance satellite 'RASAT' was launched in 2011.
On December 18, 2012, Turkey launched its second satellite - Gokturk-2 from the Chinese Zhiuguan base. The satellite is used for defense purposes.
It is expected that Turkey will launch Turksat 5A satellite in 2016, and Turksat 3 - in 2019.
These two satellites will be used to provide telecommunications services.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.