U.K. Export Finance, an agency with a long-standing interest in supporting satellite projects but with little to show for it until now, has signed a $325 million loan with Turkey to support two satellites Airbus is building under a 2017 contract.
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Turksat has tested satellite broadcasts in 8K Ultra-HD, demonstrating the ability to transmit content with 16 times the resolution of HD.
Thirteen out of seventeen people accused by Turkey’s government of attempting to cut off Turksat’s satellite communications during last year’s coup attempt have received “aggravated life sentences” for their actions, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said Oct. 23.
The Turkish parliament is deliberating on a draft bill to create a space agency to boost the country’s space industry and facilitate Ankara’s expansion within the global space industry.
EchoStar Corp.’s Hughes division on May 10 said a recent consumer satellite broadband contract with the Turkish government and a combined Eutelsat/Facebook deal in Africa are just the start of the company’s ambition of replicating its U.S. success elsewhere.
Satellite fleet operator Turksat on April 19 said construction of its first domestically produced satellite, Turksat 6A, has formally begun four months after the project was approved and that the satellite would not be in orbit before 2020.