Turkey launches second military surveillance satellite

A handout picture released by the CNES (Centre national d'etudes spatiales - National Centre for Space Studies) and taken on December 5, 2016 in Kourou, French Guiana, shows the launching of the Vega rocket from the European Spaceport. The rocket successfully launched the high resolution earth observation satellite Gokturk-1 developed for the Turkish Defence Ministry. / AFP PHOTO / CNES / P BAUDON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CNES / P BAUDON" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Turkey’s second military surveillance satellite, Göktürk-1, was launched from French Guiana on Monday with a ceremony held simultaneously in Ankara.

The high-resolution earth observation satellite was developed for the Turkish Ministry of Defense and successfully launched by the Vega launch system from the Guiana Space Centre.

The satellite is expected to gather intelligence for Turkey through images.

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