A miniaturised satellite developed by a team of Turkish engineering students has been delivered to British satellite manufacturer Alba Orbital which plans to send it into space by December.
The satellite, named Grizu-263A, was developed as Turkey’s first PocketQube satellite by the Grizu-263 space team at Bülent Ecevit University in Turkey’s northern province of Zonguldak.
The five-centimetre-square satellite will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon rocket from Cape Canaveral launching base in the US.
It is expected to serve four years and eight months at an altitude of 525 kilometres (326 miles) above the Earth.
Team captain Çağla Aytaç Dursun said that they began the space project two years ago with a team that was formed initially in 2016.
“We have produced a 5-by-5-by-5 centimetre cube satellite built according to pocket satellite standards. Our Grizu-263A satellite, which we have completed the design, production and testing stages in two years, was delivered to the launcher company,” she said.