Turkey: Turkey successfully launched its first Earth observation satellite, RASAT, from the Yasny Base of Russia at the Kazakh border by the Dnepr space launch vehicle. The satellite was designed and manufactured by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey – Space Technologies Research Institute (TUBITAK-UZAY).
The Turkish space agency also confirmed that RASAT sent first signals to the TUBITAK station in Ankara after being placed in orbit 687 kilometers away from earth.
RASAT weighs 100 kg has a life span of 3 years. The satellite images provided by RASAT will also be used in urban and regional planning, forestry, agriculture, disaster monitoring and for other similar purposes.
Source: World Bulletin