February 14, 2014: Türksat 4A communication satellite launches into space

The Türksat 4A communication satellite was successfully launched into space on February 14, 2014, 10 years ago today, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with a Proton Breeze M rocket and placed into orbit at 42 degrees east.

The Proton rocket carrying Türksat 4A, Türkiye's 5th communication satellite sent into space, successfully completed the first stage 2 minutes after the launch, the second stage 5 minutes 27 seconds later and the third stage 9 minutes 41 seconds later.

The satellite, whose first signal was received 9 hours and 13 minutes after the launch, is expected to have a maneuver life of more than 30 years.

Türksat 4A Satellite

Turkish engineers also took part in the construction of the Türksat 4A satellite, whose production and tests were carried out by the Japanese company Mitsubishi Electric.

Türksat 4A satellite, which weighs approximately 5 tons and has an electrical power of 8 kilowatts, provides TV, Radio and Internet broadcasting services in the Ka frequency band, a new technology in addition to the Ku frequency band.

The Türksat 4A communication satellite covers Türkiye, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Türksat 4A replaced Türksat 2A, which completed its lifespan in 2016, in 42 degrees East orbit, and provided a significant capacity increase as well.

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