Telespazio, responsible for the Göktürk-1 programme as prime contractor, created the ground segment of the system, including the capabilities of mission control, in-orbit satellite management, and the acquisition and data processing systems.
The company will also be responsible for the launch services. Thales Alenia Space created the observation satellite equipped with a high-resolution optical sensor and created an integration and satellite testing centre in Turkey, as an infrastructure that can integrate various satellites simultaneously.
The Göktürk-1 programme was built for the Undersecretariat for the Turkey Defence Industry (SSM, Savunma Sanayii Müsteþarlýðý), together with local industrial partners including Tai AS, Aselsan AS, Tubitak Bilgem, Roketsan AS and TR Tecnoloji. The system will be operated by the Turkish Air Force.