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Mitsubishi Electric completes in-orbit delivery of Turksat 4A

Company is preparing to launch Turksat 4B satellite this yearrn
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan formally receives the Türksat 4A satellite, with a model of the payload seen on the left

Mitsubishi Electric has completed the in-orbit delivery of Turksat 4A to Turksat Satellite Communication and Cable TV Operations Company (Turksat). The satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on February 15.

After the launch, Mitsubishi Electric confirmed performance in a series of in-orbit tests while the satellite maintained a predefined geostationary orbit about 36,000km above the equator. Upon the completion of the tests, the satellite was then handed over to Turksat to provide communication and broadband services to the Middle East, Turkey, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Mitsubishi Electric is also preparing to launch Turksat 4B in 2014 as part of an ongoing effort to expand the company’s space business in Japan and in other countries.