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Turkish observation satellite with Ukrainian engine orbited
16:03, 6 December 2016
Turkish observation satellite with Ukrainian engine orbited

The satellite will provide the Armed Forces of Turkey large images of the Earth surface

16:03, 6 December 2016

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European booster rocket Vega with Ukrainian engine was successfully launched. This was reported by the press service of the Cabinet.

“The light class booster rocket Vega with the observation satellite of Turkish Defense Ministry Göktürk-1 was successfully launched from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on December 5, 2016 at 15:51 Kyiv time. Vega rocket was developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) together with the Italian Space Agency (ASI), "the statement said.

The satellite is able to provide the Turkish Armed Forces with large resolution pictures of the Earth's surface, according to Interfax.

"With the ability to scan the Earth's surface and getting pictures with half of a meter resolution, we can use the satellite to solve wide range of issues, starting with the damage assessment of natural disasters to harvest forecast, " the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who observed the launch on air.

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The main engine RD-843 for 4th degree booster rocket was developed by the State Enterprise Construction Bureau Pivdenne named after Yangel and was made by the State Enterprise "Production Association Pivdenny Machine-Building Plant named after A.M. Makarov" of Ukraine.

This was the eighth launch under the Vega program and the second in 2016.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine successfully modernizes Antares rocket that was launched in America. The Secretary of National Security and Defense Council congratulates Ukrainian experts who worked on this project.

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