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TurksatGlobe is the center of processing and marketing information and images obtained by remote sensing technique from the observation and radar satellites on the earth's orbit. Our center fulfills the image demands of public institutions as well as of any private entities and persons.

Subsequent to negotiations carried out with Digital Globe, an international satellite operator, Türksat A.Ş. has acquired the end user distribution rights in Turkey. The respective agreement has entered into effect as of June 11th, 2007. Türksat has established a center to process the data of observation satellites and started to conduct projects intended to public institutions and private sector based on processing data of observation satellites.

Images acquired from satellite within the project defined as the Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing can be used in many industries such as agriculture, mining, forestry, transportation, and energy. Moreover, satellite data can be used for identifying the magnitude of forest fires, mine searches, assessments of damage in natural disasters such as flood and earthquake, preparation of urban zoning plans, and tracking unlicensed constructions.

TürksatGlobe is the brand of products and services in geographical information technologies within Türksat (geographical information systems, geographical programming, remote sensing, image processing, global positioning, position-based services, vehicle tracking systems, digital photogrametry).

Türksat intends to achieve success and knowledge in observation satellites just as in communication satellites.

Türksat aims to ensure the intensive and effective use of images from observation satellites in projects based on geographical information.

To this end, the Directorate for Geographical Information Technologies founded in 2008 within Türksat A.Ş. provides products and services under TürksatGlobe brand.

Products and Services

  • Geographical Information Systems Services
  • Interoperability Services
  • Geographical Programming Services
  • Image Processing Services
  • Digital Photogrametry Services
  • Global Positioning Services
  • Türksat Vehicle Tracking System
  • TürksatMaps
  • TürksatMaps Api
  • Geographical Information Technologies Portal
  • Satellite Images
  • Anaglyph Images

What is Remote Sensing?

Remote Sensing a technique of recording and analyzing the earth and ground resources without any actual physical contact.

Remote Sensing Technique is used in which areas?

  • Identifying water dams and water beds,
  • Sea and shore studies; measuring pollution and geographical changes,
  • Choosing corridors for highways, railways, pipelines,
  • Preparing land and soil maps,
  • Preparing preliminary inventories of forest resources, - Assessments of damage in natural disasters such as forest fires, floods, landslides,
  • Preparing geological studies for mine searches,
  • Cadastre, land use plans and land applications of local administrations,
  • Detecting unlicensed constructions,
  • As a data source for Geographical Information Systems within wide geographical areas, 
  • Remote Sensing is being used very effectively.

International Agreement of TÜRKSATGLOBE 

Türksat has concluded a sales and partnership agreement with Digital Globe based in United States, the owner of Quick Bird 2 satellite, and with Eurimage company, the main sales office of Digital Globe for Europe, Mediterranean Region, and the Middle East. Pursuant to this agreement, the satellite data of Quick Bird will now be provided through Türksat to the end users in Turkey. Within the frame of the agreement concluded with DigitalGlobe and Eurimage for the QuickBird satellite, Türksat aims at providing the satellite images required by Turkey more economically and with higher resolution.


Infrared and ultraviolet rays which cannot be detected by human eye are also included in this wave length. Each observation satellite scans an area on the earth one after another by the bands it carries over the area and creates each band one by one. The first image obtained is called raw satellite image. Thereafter, images are downloaded to earth. Images are processed in line with the requirements of projects and provided with coordinates. They are verified in terms of position in accordance with landforms. The Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing Center established within Türksat has started to meet satellite data demands from public and private sector entities. The required satellite data are services to demanding entities whether in raw or processed form.


The logic and Observation and Radar satellite are based on remote sensing. Every object has the ability to reflect the light coming from sun. Light hits the object and reflects with a wavelength. It is possible to see the seven colors of sun in this reflection wave.


Since 2002, it provides images with 61 cm spatial resolution, 4-band, colored, and positional accuracy of RMS ±0.61 m. The low height and increased speed of the satellite do not affect the factors such as accuracy and clarity of images, but the low height increased the geolocation accuracy. 


Since the end of 2007, it provides images with 50 cm spatial resolution, black & white (panchromatic), and positional accuracy of RMS ±0.60 m. It has a stereo shooting mode. It is candidate in the commercialization of image satellites to be manufactured within the scope of National Satellite Production Programs.

Quick Bird Areas of Use

  • Change Detection & Analysis
  • Petroleum & Natural Gas 
  • Flood Mapping
  • Forestry & Protection from Large Forest Fires
  • Environmental Observation and Supervision
  • Asset and Feature Identification 
  • Emergency Help and Response
  • Other General Areas of Application

Change Detection & Analysis

1- Classification and Change Detection
2- Illegal planting analyses
3- Facility Observations

Petroleum & Natural Gas

1- Petroleum & Natural Gas – Asset identification and Correction/Verification
2- Integration of underground features with the Surface image
3- Petroleum & Natural Gas – Pipeline Maps
4- Petroleum & Natural Gas – Facility Maps
5- Petroleum & Natural Gas – Determination of Pipeline Paths

Flood Mapping

1- Preparation of Flood Maps (preparation of precaution maps)
2- Determining damage caused by flood
4- Determining points of response to floods

Forestry & Protection from Large Forest Fires

1- Preparing maps of regions covered with forests
2- Mitigating Risks of Large Fires
3- Planning emergency response operations for forest fires

Environmental Observation and Supervision

1- Assessing damage on trees
2- Environmental Observation and Supervision
3- Environmental change analyses
4- Industrial Conformity
5- Pollution Sources
6- Displaying Natural and Vegetation cover, monitoring wetlands, and coastal environments and environmental impacts.
7- Soil usage and vegetation
8- Updating databases of Geographical Information System
9- Precipitation and water management
10- Seismic lines
11- Agricultural assessment

Asset and Feature Identification

1- Facility diagrams
2- Ownership definitions and identification
3- Qualitative assessment

Emergency Help and Response

1- Emergency Management
2- Emergency and Response
3- Crisis Intervention and Response
4- Support to crisis support systems

Other General Areas of Application

1- Applications of city planning, regional planning, and zone planning
2- Preparation of geology maps
3- Mapping regions hard to access
4- Monitoring and planning resource usage.
5- Help and rescue disaster victims