|Göktürk-2 launching aboard a two-stage Chinese rocket.|
All of the software running on Göktürk-2 as well as 80% of the satellite's hardware was designed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), and assembly was completed by the TÜBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute (TÜBITAK UZAY) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ). The satellite showcases Turkey's rising status as a technological powerhouse, and will prove to be a major strategic advantage by providing Turkey's Defense Department with remote imagery from countries around the globe.
|Göktürk-2 in the lab before leaving earth.|
Many countries already have satellites orbiting the globe for a variety of purposes, such as imagery collection, communications, and navigation. Over 200 publicly and privately owned satellites have been launched from the United States alone. Turkey no longer must rely solely on data provided by the international community to map and research important environmental phenomena, and can now produce such data first hand. Göktürk-2 is part of a family of satellites planned by Turkey to further facilitate data collection and augment existing intelligence resources.