BILSAT-1: Launched 2003

BILSAT-1: Launched 2003

BILSAT-1 was the first Turkish Scientific Earth Observation satellite and was built under a training and development programme between SSTL and TUBITAK-BILTEN. The satellite benefited from on-board propulsion, GPS navigation and included experimental payloads including a multi-band imaging system, a real time image compression module, a GPS attitude receiver.

BILSAT-1 was the first small satellite to use a Control Moment Gyro.  

BILSAT-1 also hosted new technologies such as high capacity solid-state data recorders and star trackers and carried five Earth observation cameras, one panchromatic and the remaining four obtained images in the red, green, blue and near-infrared bands.