TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute (TÜBİTAK UZAY) sends RASAT funded by State Planning Organization, the first observation satellite designed and manufactured in Turkey, to the space in 2011.
All design, manufacture and test phases of RASAT are carried out by Turkish people and the project aims to testing the satellite systems designed and developed by TÜBİTAK UZAY in the space and providing these systems with a heritage so that they can be used in other national satellite missions in the future. The satellite images provided by RASAT will also be used in urban and regional planning, forestry, agriculture, disaster monitoring and for other similar purposes.
RASAT, which is produced to show our capacity to build a satellite and to obtain satellite images, is scheduled to be launched with the Dnepr launch vehicle operated by International Space Company Kosmotras (ISCK). The launch operation will be carried out from the Yasny Launch Base in Orenburg region in Southeast Russia. RASAT spacecraft will be one of the satellites participating in a cluster launch.
The launch will be carried out with the Dnepr launch vehicle developed on the basis of the world’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile SS-18 Dnepr is known to be one of the most precise and efficient launch vehicles used for mini satellite launches into low orbits. More than 160 launches of SS-18 rockets have been performed in the process of their creation and operation; 13 launches out of this number were accomplished under Dnepr program. The launch operation in which RASAT will also participate is planned to be the Dnepr launch vehicle’s 17th launch intended to carry a satellite.
TÜBİTAK UZAY, which makes significant contribution to the improvement of Turkey’s potential in production of advanced technology with the RASAT satellite.