The space travel of the IMECE observation satellite, developed by the TUBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute, has been postponed. The domestic and national satellite, which will be placed in the lunar orbit with SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, is expected to be launched tomorrow.
It was announced that the IMECE Satellite, which will reduce Türkiye's dependence on abroad in satellite technologies, will be launched into orbit by Space X as of today.
Now targeting no earlier than tomorrow, April 11 at 11:48 p.m. PT for a Falcon 9 launch of our seventh dedicated smallsat rideshare mission from Space Launch Complex 4E in California; teams are keeping an eye on weather → https://t.co/bJFjLCiTbK— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 11, 2023
In a statement made by TÜBİTAK on the subject, "the SpaceX company, which is responsible for the operation of the Falcon 9 rocket that will carry IMECE satellite into orbit, has officially announced that it is not possible to launch today. As of now, the exact date and time of the launch, which has been postponed by one day, will be announced later," was said.
According to the news in Anadolu, the domestic observation satellite IMECE was sent off to Vandenberg Space Force Base in the USA on February 21.
IMECE Satellite was sent off to Vandenberg Space Force Base in the USA on February 21, 2023, due to the earthquakes in Kahramanmaras. For the first time, a cabin with a clean room feature was developed by Nurus company for IMECE, with domestic and national facilities.
The satellite, which was sent from Esenboga Airport to Vandenberg, where the launch will take place, made a safe journey thanks to the cabin, which is protective against all kinds of risks such as humidity, vibration and harmful rays and has a clean room feature produced locally.
The IMECE project, which started in 2017, has achieved significant gains in 6 years that will form the basis for the next generation satellite platforms.