Erdogan announces the launch date of the first satellite


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country will launch the first high-precision observation satellite (İMECE), produced with local and national capabilities, into space on April 11.

This came in a statement published by Erdogan on his social media sites on Sunday.

Erdogan made it clear that Turkey will continue its efforts to stay in the global space race thanks to its trained human resources, the opportunities it offers and the technologies it develops.


The High Precision Observation Satellite (İMECE) was developed by the Turkish Space Technology Research Institute (TUBITAK).

It is scheduled that the satellite launch ceremony will be organized the day after tomorrow, Tuesday, at the institute’s headquarters in the capital, Ankara, with the participation of President Erdogan, via video conferencing technology, and Ministers of Defense Hulusi Akar and Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank.

The weight of the satellite, which will be launched from the US Vandenberg base, is about 700 kilograms.