It is a first for Turkey: It will bear the names of the miners we lost. "Grizu-263A" Big day for tomorrow!

Turkey’s first pocket satellite Grizu-263A is now counting hours, not days, to be sent into space. Turkey’s first pocket satellite, Grizu-263A, brought to life by the Grizu-263 Space Team, consisting of the students of Bülent Ecevit University Faculty of Engineering in Zonguldak, will be launched into space tomorrow via the Falcon 9 rocket of Elon Musk’s company SpaceX.

There is a launch cost of 25 thousand euros for Turkey’s first “pocketqube satellite” with dimensions of 5x5x5 centimeters, which is planned to serve for 4 years and 8 months in a low earth orbit of approximately 525 kilometers.

The pocket satellite, which was delivered to the authorized launch company, is expected to take off from the Cape Canaveral Launch Base in the United States on January 13, at 18:25 Turkish time, with the names of the miners who lost their lives in the firedamp explosion in Zonguldak on March 3, 1992.


The advisor of the Grizu-263 Space Team, Prof. Dr. Bülent Ekmekçi said that this success of the students will herald their new success.

Stating that they set out to realize a dream and look forward to tomorrow with great excitement, Ekmekçi said, “Our story started 5 years ago. We have come to this day by making great efforts. Our students show us what they can achieve when they work, we are proud of them. We will continue to announce his name. I would like to thank Mr. Süleyman Savaş Erdem, the General Manager of OYAK and Chairman of the Board of ERDEMİR, who provided us with significant support in bringing this whole process to this point.” he said.

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Team captain Çağla Aytaç Dursun also stated that they are very happy as a team and said, “It has been a long and difficult process, but we are very proud that we managed to get through it. We define it as the Zonguldak story stretching from the dark mines to the quiet depths of space. Our satellite is the prototype. It is an experimental satellite and we want to develop this satellite and conduct experiments and tests.” used the phrases.


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