Turkey gathers satellite studies under one roof


President of the Presidency of Defense Industries, İsmail Demir, stated that a satellite company combining various capabilities in satellite technologies will be launched soon.

In his speech at the 1st Space Economics, Space Law and Space Sciences Symposium held in cooperation with Istanbul University Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law and Observatory Application and Research Center, Demir said that Turkey’s National Space Program is an indication that the goals in this area have been enlarged. .

Emphasizing that the development of technology targeting space is very important, Demir stated that the defense industry ecosystem also develops the infrastructures needed in this area.

Demir stated that the studies that started at the astronomical level continue with broadcasting, communication and surveillance satellites and that they continue to work to achieve a certain locality rate in the process, “Today, it would not be wrong to say that we have certain competencies in satellites and that this will be further developed. It takes place in the industrial ecosystem. Bringing a space history to various products, thinking about space-related parameters, and conducting scientific studies in this sense are among the studies that have been going on for a while.” said.

“This journey is Turkey’s journey”

Pointing out that it is not easy to gain capabilities in this field without going into space, Demir said that issues such as optics, guidance, various material technologies, high-speed entry to the atmosphere, exit from the atmosphere, space dynamics, space meteorology, especially launch technologies are on their agenda.

Using the phrase “This journey is Turkey’s journey”, İsmail Demir explained that putting proven technologies is one of their goals.

Demir stated that if there is no experience in space and history is not gained, there is no other choice but to listen to what others say and follow their footsteps, and said that in this respect, space law studies are also important in terms of regulation.

Reminding that the Turkish Space Agency is the patron of space projects, Demir stated that companies such as ROKETSAN, DeltaV will carry out studies in the field of launch technologies, TÜBİTAK UZAY, TÜRKSAT, TUSAŞ and similar companies will continue to carry out other activities. Demir said, “Turkey will be signing an important initiative in the field of satellite soon. A satellite company will be formed by the merger of companies with various capabilities. There are a number of subjects such as satellite, optics, space law, space meteorology, space dynamics, space materials. We expect it to be carried out by universities and research centers in Turkey in parallel with this.” he said.

İsmail Demir stated that as the Presidency, they will support all activities that will contribute to this journey.

Astronaut selection begins soon

Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır gave information about the National Space Program.

Kacır stated that they aim to make contact with the Moon by using national and original technologies in 2023 and to make a soft landing on the Moon in 2028. Mehmet Fatih Kacır, “Another important step in our program will be to send our first Turkish astronaut to space within the framework of a science mission. We plan to start the selection of our astronaut candidates soon.” said.