A Successful Launch for TURKSAT-4A
14 February 2014
Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) Space and Defense Group provided critical hardware to the TURKSAT-4A telecommunications satellite, manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO). The launch took place today from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan atop an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton-M/Breeze-M Heavy-Lift Rocket.
The MELCO DS2000 is a fully proven, modular platform with a flexibility to handle a wide array of payload applications. TURKSAT-4A is the ninth member of the DS2000 family of satellites and includes Moog components for propulsion and solar array control.
Moog latch valves control the flow of propellant in the propulsion system. Twelve bipropellant Moog Reaction Control System (RCS) Engines equipped with Moog thruster valves provide attitude control and station-keeping in orbit. The Moog Solar Array Drive Assemblies (SADA) and 2-Channel Solar Array Drive Electronics (SADE) are critical in positioning the satellite’s solar panels towards the Sun.
This launch is one of many “firsts”; the first launch of a MELCO spacecraft on an ILS Proton Rocket, the first launch of a TURKSAT A.S. satellite on an ILS Proton Rocket and the first MELCO satellite for TURKSAT A.S..
TURKSAT-4A will be placed in geosynchronous orbit to provide telecommunication and direct TV broadcasting services over a wide geographic region spanning Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The satellite will provide further demonstration of the DS-2000 platform's well-established high reliability for in-orbit performance. TURKSAT-4B is planned to launch later this year on an ILS Proton Rocket.
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