Turkey's first High Definition Land Observation Satellite GÖKTÜRK-2 was designed by Turkish engineers and placed into its mission orbit by a launch operation in 2012. The GÖKTÜRK-2 Project Contract was signed by the Ministry of National Defense, TUBITAK and TUSAS-Turkish Aviation and Space Industry Inc. - TUBITAK SPACE Joint Venture and entered into force in May 2007 under TUBITAK Public Institutions Research and Development Projects Support Program (SAVTAG-1007). All engineering works were performed domestically during the design, manufacturing and testing processes of GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite System. GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite operations in the project are listed by TUSAS as follows:
- Design, analysis, manufacture, satellite-installation, integration and testing of Satellite Structural System, Thermal Control System and Orientation Orbit Determination and Control System
- Design, manufacture and satellite-integration of satellite wiring
- Design, manufacture, spaceworhthiness demonstration, satellites-integration and testing of Orientation Determination and Control Interface
- Manufacture, assembly, integration and testing of Satellite Models (Structural Qualification Model (SQM), Qualification Model (QM) and Flight Model (FM))
GÖKTÜRK-2 Project aimed to develop technology, expert manpower and infrastructure for space and satellite systems, and meet the observation and research needs of public institutions and organizations by national means and capabilities. These goals have been achieved, and TUSAS has a trained expert manpower to work on the country's future satellite projects and has acquired the infrastructure and capabilities for design, analysis, assembly, integration and testing at satellite and equipment level.