‘We want to have a say in the productions to be made in space’


Turkish Space Agency President Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım, in his speech at the 1st Space Economics, Space Law and Space Sciences Symposium held in cooperation with the Istanbul University Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law and Observatory Application and Research Center, explained that the economic and legal dimensions should not be neglected in space. .

Yıldırım, who made evaluations on the space economy, drew attention to the fact that the economic activities related to space have dimensions on earth and in space.

Yıldırım stated that they analyzed the situation of the space economy in detail during the national space studies and said:

“According to the latest figures before the pandemic process, the total amount of state spending on space at the point of investment is around 80 billion dollars. When we look at the size of the total space economy for the same period, this comes up to about 480 billion dollars. It is predicted that it will reach 1 trillion dollars by 2030.”

Pointing out that they aim to establish a regional positioning system, Yıldırım said that this will not only benefit the country but also the entire region.

Yıldırım emphasized that the investments to be made in this field will bring serious returns and explained that the 3 economic activities that constitute the main topics in space are “production in space, space mining and space tourism”.

Touching on the topics on the agenda about production in space, Yıldırım said that it is planned to establish 7 platforms in the close orbit of the world and to start production on these platforms, especially in the fields of crystalline structures and biotechnology.

Stating that these 7 platforms have been started to be created by different countries and companies gradually, Yıldırım said:

“The producers of at least 2 platforms contacted our Agency. They asked if Turkey was interested and wanted to take part in these projects. Of course, we expressed interest. We said that we would like to be seen as a stakeholder who has been in it from the beginning rather than being a user of it. Their acceptance. “They will want to see that we can remove this partnership in terms of technique and budget. I believe we can. We want to be a stakeholder in at least one of these platforms in the course of time. We want to have a say in the productions to be made there.”

“The moon will be the world’s gateway to space in the future”

Reminding that the USA aims to establish a “moon colony” with the Artemis Program, Yıldırım said that the Moon will be the launch gate of the world to space in the future.

Explaining that Turkey’s lunar program is so important, Yıldırım said, “There are huge differences between a launch from the moon and a launch from the earth, such as gravity factor, lack of atmosphere, and environment.” said.

Stating that they, as Turkey, follow the developments in space, Yıldırım said, “Our country should get its share from this economic revolution. he said.

“The contract signing process of Göktürk Renewal satellite system is about to end”

Temel Kotil, General Manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ), also made a presentation on Turkey’s satellite and space projects at the symposium.

Sharing information about TAI’s activities in his presentation, Kotil talked about the features of Göktürk-1, Göktürk-2, Göktürk-3, Göktürk Renewal, İMECE, Türksat 6A and Small Geo satellites.

Noting that the “Göktürk Renewal” satellite system, which will replace Göktürk-1, was given to TAI by the state, Kotil said that the contract signing process is about to end at the moment.

Kotil stated that they are currently building the communication satellite Small Geo with electric propulsion system, and that they will soon deliver the first export satellite for the Argentine telecommunications company. ???????