Vega launches a Turkish commercial smallsat


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The competition heats up: Arianespace’s Vega rocket today successfully launched a Turkish commercial smallsat.

The satellite itself, at 1,000 kilograms or about 2,200 pounds, is at the large end of the smallsat range, which means Vega is not likely competitive with the newer smaller rockets now being designed by a host of new companies to lift even smaller payloads.

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  • mkent

    Gokturk-1 is owned and operated by the Turkish Ministry of National Defence. It’s relatively small, but it’s not what the industry would call a commercial satellite.

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