Turkish Space Agency (TUA) President Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım told Anadolu Agency (AA) that international travels were limited due to the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic, in the last year in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan after the National Space Program announced on February 9th. and Pakistan, he said.
Emphasizing that these visits are important for TUA, Yıldırım said, “Our visits to countries that are not in the top league in space but seeking cooperation were very productive.” he said.
Yıldırım informed that they will also visit Hungary next week.
Stating that the space studies in this country are carried out by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yıldırım stated that there is preparation for the establishment of the Space Agency.
Pointing out that the follow-up meeting regarding the cooperation agreement signed between the Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank and the Ministry of Foreign and Foreign Trade of Hungary will be held during their visit, Yıldırım made the following assessment:
“Here, we will hold talks on both bilateral cooperation and the establishment of the Hungarian Space Agency. We will share our experiences in the meetings. Turkey is not a member of the European Space Agency (ESA). That’s why we want to develop bilateral cooperation with the countries that are members of the ESA and make joint proposals for projects. This will open the doors of We can open with Hungary. We have received invitations from Italy, France and England, we will visit them as well, and we will invite them.”
Stating that these meetings will both be strong in reaching the goals of the National Space Program and will open the way for technology transfer, Yıldırım said that this is needed to quickly close the gap with advanced countries.
“We will participate in GLEX 2021, one of the largest organizations related to space”
Pointing out that they were invited to the Space Federation (IAF) meeting to be held in Russia on June 14-18, Yıldırım said that this federation, which includes all the space-related institutions of all states, the private sector and powerful non-governmental organizations, is the largest organization in the world related to space.
Emphasizing that they were invited as a high-level speaker to this meeting, where both bilateral and multiple meetings will be held, Yıldırım said that he will give a speech representing Turkey and TUA, and that he will also tell the world’s leading space agencies about the National Space Program.
Pointing out that these meetings are important for the whole world to know and hear about Turkey’s space targets, Yıldırım said, “We will provide the highest benefit for our country. Visits will intensify when the virus threat disappears in the coming months. In September, with the invitation of the US Department of Commerce, he went to this country and met with many institutions and companies. We will discuss cooperation issues in the space field.” used the phrases.
“We will wave the Turkish flag at the fair in Dubai”
Stating that they are holding talks with the giant companies of the world in the space sector in a way that will benefit the country, Yıldırım said, “There is the eastern side that we should not neglect. We are also holding talks with China and Japan about space. The Space Fair, which is organized every year by the IAF, will be held in Dubai this year. As TUA, we will open a stand for the first time and fly the Turkish flag there.” said.
Emphasizing that they actively participated in the meetings held with the participation of the space agencies of the G20 countries, Yıldırım said that the first of this meeting was held in the virtual environment last year under the presidency of Saudi Arabia, and that the organization is planned to be held in Italy this year.
Yıldırım stated that a bilateral cooperation agreement will be signed with the space agencies of China and Japan, invitations have been received from many countries such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and that they will all be discussed within the framework of a program.
“TUA will lead the space activities of the Turkic Council”
Pointing out that space studies are developing intensively and rapidly all over the world, Yıldırım stated that all countries focus on this field, that they are in the space age, and that those who do not have a trace in space will not have a say in the world.
Yıldırım also touched upon the relations with the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking Countries (Turkic Council), and said:
“Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are full members of the Turkic Council. Hungary is also an observer here. We want to develop space studies with this group. These will also be on the agenda during our visit to Hungary. At least, we want to start the activity with cube satellite studies. TUA will be the pioneer in this. Because it is important to increase cooperation between these countries.”