PARIS — Work is officially underway on Gokturk, an optical imaging intelligence satellite ordered last year from Thales Alenia Space by the Turkish ministry of defense. Thales Alenia sister company Telespazio is prime contractor for the 70-cm. class satellite — the Turks are keeping actual spatial resolution secret — which is to be launched in 2013. Thales Alenia is supplying the imager, derived from the one designed for France’s Pleaides, along with the spacecraft bus, based on the ...


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