BILSAT-1: A low-cost, agile, earth observation microsatellite for Turkey

Bradford A., Gomes L., Sweeting M., Yuksel G., Ozkaptan C., Orlu U.

ACTA ASTRONAUTICA, vol.53, pp.761-769, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0094-5765(03)00125-5
  • Title of Journal : ACTA ASTRONAUTICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.761-769


TUBITAK-BILTEN has initiated a project to develop and propagate small satellite technologies in Turkey. As part of this initiative, TUBITAK-BILTEN is working with SSTL to develop a 100kg class enhanced microsatellite, BILSAT-1. With the successful completion of this project, TUBITAK-BILTEN will be capable of producing its own satellites, covering all phases from design to production and in-orbit operation. It is hoped that acquisition of these technologies will stimulate Turkish industry into greater involvement in space related activities. The project was started in August 2001 and will run through to February 2003 with launch scheduled for July 2003.