World Bulletin / News Desk
First images have been received from Gokturk-2 on Tuesday, Turkey's first indigenous high resolution Earth observation satellite.
Gokturk-2 had been launched on December 18 from China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and successfully put into orbit 686 km above the Earth's surface. The first signals from the satellite had been successfully received at a station in Norway's Tromso.
First images were received from U.S., Brazil and India. First image from Turkey came from western Izmir city.
The satellite which was manufactured by the Space Technologies Research Institute of TUBITAK, Turkey's scientific research agency, and the Turkish Aerospace Industries, will be used for the image requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces and as other institutions that require satellite images for agriculture, transportation and urban development with 2.5 meters of resolution.
Other than the optical camera which was bought from South Korea, all the other parts of Gokturk-2 was produced and manufactured in Turkey.
Gokturk-2 will not be subject to any international limitation in taking images and sending them to the stations.
The system is said to be able to suck in air from a 300-metre radius and from up to seven kilometres (over four miles) upwards.
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