Turkey Space Agency (TUA) leader Serdar Huseyin Yildirim, in achieving the objectives of the National Space Program, noting the importance of human resources, “we have come in 10 years in the space area of at least 10 thousand specialists.” said.
Turkey’s satellite capabilities, thus expressing that experience difficulties in making spacecraft Lightning, the engine will be mounted inside the vehicle space will be voiced some useful loads.
Yıldırım stated that some measurements will be made and photographs will be taken during the journey to the moon and hard landing, and that scientists have been talked about what should be put on the spacecraft.
Emphasizing that they foresee the spacecraft to weigh about 2 tons, Yıldırım continued as follows:
Saying that the spacecraft will land by hitting the Moon horizontally in the form of “softly hitting hard landing” in 2023, Yıldırım emphasized that their goal is to collect data by managing the process until the spacecraft reaches and reaches the Moon.
Lightning, pointing out that the goal in 2028 is a soft landing on the Moon, said, “In order to do this, we will have tried many stages of this in 2023 because it is risky to do it in one go. We will try to transport them to the Moon. We will have measured and experienced them. It is all important to transfer the data we collect to our country and to process them. . ” found the assessment.
“We will build the antenna from scratch”
Lightning explaining that are designed to control satellites in nearby orbits the earth station in Turkey, “We need a larger diameter antenna. We will establish 13 meter diameter antenna from scratch and we use it for communication.” he spoke.
Referring to his goal of sending Turkish citizens to space, Yıldırım said, “Our goal is to send a Turkish scientist to the International Space Station, which is around 400 kilometers around the world and serves as a science center. The International Space Station also serves as a science center. “About half of them went to the space station. They’re doing scientific experiments, gaining experience, testing some systems, and improving.” used the expressions.
Stating that the experiments needed in a gravity-free environment will be carried out, Yıldırım said, “We also need such experiments. A large number of scientists will apply to us about the experiments to be done there. We will choose among them. Our astronaut will stay at the International Space Station for 10 days. ” said.
Pointing out that this is a science mission, Yıldırım stated that Turkish scientists should be trained to take to space.
“We expect the election process to be completed in 3-6 months”
Explaining that Turkish scientists will be sent within the framework of international collaborations, Yıldırım said:
“The spaceport business is both a technological and a commercial target”
Expressing that the “access to space and operating a space port” goal in the National Space Program should be understood correctly, Yıldırım emphasized that this is both a technological and a commercial goal.
Rocket space, can be launched from Turkey, but due to its geographical location in the country at that point could it carried out with certain restrictions Lightning, “Our geographical location is not conducive to commercial competition. Developing commercial launch system, commercial matter in mentality operated spaceport Turkey, not the world competition . ” he spoke.
“The launch site must be close to the Equator.”
Underlining that the launch site should be on or very close to the Equator for competition, Yıldırım said that in this way, both the rotation speed and direction of the world can be utilized very well, that it is possible to go into space with the least cost and the opportunity to launch from every angle
Explaining that the negotiations regarding the places that meet the required conditions are continuing, Yıldırım said, “There is an interest in more than one country. We have included in our program to operate the spaceport for commercial purposes by coming together with more than one country, if necessary, through joint international cooperation. used the expressions.
“Human resource required”
Referring to the criticism of SUA’s budget Lightning, given the state’s budget is 38 million pounds, he said Turkey is approaching an annual budget of $ 50 million of contributions received through the many institutions. Lightning, “the project will have separate budgets beyond our budget. We’re talking about 10-year program, not coins will be given at a time. To be paid gradually in certain calendar. Turkey is able to do so.” said.
Stating that many countries contacted them to work jointly after the announcement of the National Space Program, Yıldırım stated that the main deficiency was human resources.
Pointing out that scientists of Turkish origin abroad should be utilized, Yıldırım said, “We need to reach at least 10 thousand experts in the field of space within 10 years. used the expressions.
“We will enable the private sector to take part in projects”
Underlining that the private sector is very important in achieving its goals, Yıldırım said that he visited both clusters and companies in this regard and that they are in close relations.
Yıldırım stated that many companies from the private sector would be interested in space studies and would put their hands under the responsibility and said, “We will also provide financial, technology and information support. We will ensure that they take part in these projects.” he spoke.