Ankara, Turkey – Turkey aims to make the first contact with the Moon, send a Turkish citizen to space under new program, says president Erdogan.

Turkey unveiled its national space program, a roadmap based on realistic and competitive goals, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

“The national space program will carry our country to an upper league in the global space race,” Erdogan stressed during the introductory meeting in the capital Ankara.

Noting that the program was prepared and will be carried out by the Turkish Space Agency (TUA), Erdogan said Turkey is opening the door to the sky journey of its civilization that pioneered justice, morality, and peace in the world for centuries.

The program outlines Turkey’s 10-year vision, strategies, objectives, and projects on space policies, he noted.

“The primary and most important mission of the program is to make the first contact with the Moon in our republic’s centennial year [2023],” Erdogan said.

Noting that the goal will be completed in two stages, Erdogan said that at the first stage, a rough landing would be made on the Moon with a national and authentic hybrid rocket that will be launched into orbit at the end of 2023 through international cooperation.

“When completing this task, we will be one of the countries that have managed to reach the Moon, and we will gather necessary information for the second stage of the mission,” he said.

At the second stage in 2028, the initial launching, which carried our probe to orbit, will be made through Turkey’s own rockets, Erdogan noted, adding: “As we make a soft landing on the Moon, we will be one of the few countries that could conduct scientific activities on it.”

The Moon Program will leverage Turkey’s breakthroughs in launch, rocket, and control technologies, he underlined.

Noting that the program’s second goal is to create a trademark on the new-generation satellite development, he said the country would gather satellite production activities under a single authority coordinated by the TUA.

“We plan to gain a higher share from the world satellite market by enhancing our competitiveness thanks to this move,” he explained.
Under its national space program, Turkey aims to set up a regional positioning and timing system, Erdogan noted.

With this regional positioning system, to be created with an innovative method through using satellites along with ground systems, Turkey will end its foreign dependency, he stressed.

“This will pave the way to develop our own precise navigation applications in defense, agriculture, urbanization, and autonomous vehicles,” the president said.

Turkey is planning to establish a spaceport while ensuring access to space, he stressed.

“We should make our national and domestic rockets to carry heavy payloads to the Earth’s orbit,” he underlined.

Noting that Turkey’s geographical location is not convenient for establishing the spaceport, Erdogan said Turkey would cooperate with allied countries in the most suitable areas.

Another goal of the program is to increase its competitiveness in space by investing in space weather, meteorology, Erdogan said.

Turkey will boost its efficiency in astronomical observations and follow-up of space objects from the Earth, he noted.

“Thus, we will contribute to recording and tracking of objects in the Earth’s orbit,” he said.

Under the program, Turkey will further develop the economy of its space industry, Erdogan stressed.

“We will carry the success we have achieved in the defense industry to the space area and ensure the formation of a strong and productive ecosystem,” he noted.

A Space Technology Development Region to welcome domestic and foreign investors will be established, the president also said.

Noting that the country will develop effective and competent human resources in the field of space, Erdogan said the “final goal is to send a Turkish citizen to space with a scientific mission.”

Set out in the first 100-day action plan unveiled after the Justice and Development (AK) Party’s victory in elections in June, TUA was established in December 2018 with a presidential decree.

Touching on the government’s works in the field of space, Erdogan said 2.1 billion Turkish liras (nearly $300 million) had been provided for 56 projects about satellite, space, launching systems, and space equipment in the last 18 years.

As the country develops new technologies such as observation satellites, Turkey will ensure full security of information obtained from satellites through Turkish engineers’ software, Erdogan added.

“We have developed and produced several critical subsystems such as high-resolution space camera, new generation flight computer and software, electric thruster engine, steerable antenna, reaction wheel, star camera, and sun sensor,” he also noted.

Turkey unveils space program with mission to moon

Turkey expects to send its first rocket to the moon as early as 2023, according to President Erdogan. Other aims include establishing a space port.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed a 10-year space program on Tuesday. It includes ambitious plans such as sending Turkish astronauts to the moon.

“The first rough landing will be made on the moon with our national and authentic hybrid rocket that shall be launched into orbit in the end of 2023 through international cooperation,” said Erdogan. “God willing, we are going to the moon,” he added.

The plan coincides with the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Turkish republic.

Erdogan also outlined plans to build a spaceport and create a “global brand” in satellite technology.

“I hope that this roadmap, which will carry Turkey to the top league in the global space race, will come to life successfully,” he said.

In the space business since 2018

Turkey started its space agency in 2018, despite criticism over spending large amounts of money on the project amid an economic crisis. However, supporters of the project see it as an opportunity to retain researchers and reduce a brain drain.

In January 2020, Turkey launched its Turksat 5A satellite into orbit from the US in cooperation with SpaceX.

“Our feet will be on earth but our eyes will be in space. Our roots will be on earth, our branches will be up in the sky,” said Erdogan.

Turkey unveils space program including 2023 moon mission

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled an ambitious 10-year space program for Turkey that includes missions to the moon, sending Turkish astronauts into space and developing internationally viable satellite systems.

Erdogan announced the program, seen as part of his vision for placing Turkey in expanded regional and global role, during a live televised event laced with special effects.

He said Turkey planned to establish “a first contact with the moon” in 2023, when the country marks the centennial of the founding of the Turkish republic. The first stage of the mission would be “through international cooperation,” while the second stage would utilize Turkish rockets, Erdogan said.

“Our primary and most important goal for our national space program is the contact of the Republic, in its 100th year, with the moon,” the Turkish leader said. “God willing, we are going to the moon.”

Erdogan also declared Turkey’s aim to send Turkish citizens into space with international cooperation, to work with other countries on building a spaceport and to create a “global brand” in satellite technology.

“I hope that this roadmap, which will carry Turkey to the top league in the global space race, will come to life successfully,” he said.

Turkey established the Turkish Space Agency, or TUA, in 2018, with the aim of joining the handful of other countries with space programs.

Experts say a space program will provide jobs for researchers and is likely to reduce the brain drain of emigrating scientists.

Turkey unveils National Space Program including 2023 moon mission

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced 10 goals as he revealed the country’s domestic space programme for the next 10 years, which will include the country’s first national observation satellite.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled an ambitious 10-year space program for his country that includes missions to the moon, sending Turkish astronauts into space and developing internationally viable satellite systems.

Erdogan announced the program, seen as part of his vision for placing Turkey in expanded regional and global role, during a live televised event laced with special effects.

He said Turkey planned to establish “a first contact with the moon” in 2023, when the country marks the centennial of the founding of the Republic of Turkey.

The first stage of the mission would be “through international cooperation,” while the second stage would utilise Turkish rockets, Erdogan said.

“Our primary and most important goal for our national space program is the contact of the Republic, in its 100th year, with the moon,” the Turkish leader said. “God willing, we are going to the moon.”

Erdogan also declared Turkey’s aim to send Turkish citizens into space with international cooperation, to work with other countries on building a spaceport and to create a “global brand” in satellite technology.

“I hope that this roadmap, which will carry Turkey to the top league in the global space race, will come to life successfully,” he said.

Turkey established the Turkish Space Agency, or TUA, in 2018, with the aim of joining the handful of other countries with space programs.

The program, prepared by the Turkish Space Agency and led by the Industry and Technology Ministry, was announced at Bestepe National Congress and Culture Centre in the capital Ankara.

Turkey previously launched reconnaissance and communication satellites set up a satellite systems integration and test center and manufactured a domestic HD satellite called IMECE which is expected to be launched in 2022.

Erdogan said the programme also included Gokturk-3 which would be able provide high-resolution images in all conditions.

Satellites

Erdogan said two satellites have been launched into space already, a communication satellite, Turksat 5A, and an intelligence satellite, Gokturk 2.

High-resolution provider Gokturk 3 will be sent soon and Turksat 6A is set to launch in 2022.

Last month, he and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke by telephone and discussed cooperation on space technologies with Turkish companies.

Goals of programme

Unveiling the programme, President Erdogan also outlined its primary objectives saying the “primary and most important goal in the National Space Program is to make the first contact with the Moon in the 100th anniversary of the republic.”

We will realise the first launch that will bring our spacecraft into close orbit with international cooperation. “At the end of 2023, we will reach the Moon with our national and unique hybrid rocket that we will fire in near-Earth orbit and have a hard landing,” he added.

“Our second goal in the National Space Program is to create a trademark that can compete with the world in the field of next-generation satellite development ”

In the second stage we planned in 2028, we will take our vehicle into a close orbit, and we will make the first launch with these national rockets.”

The third goal in the National Space Program is to develop a regional positioning and timing system.”

The fourth objective is to provide access to space and establish a spaceport.”

The next goal is to increase competence in space by investing in what is called space weather or meteorology.”

The sixth target is setting up astronomical observation posts and to bring Turkey to a higher level when it comes to tracking space objects from the ground.”

Seventh goal is to further develop the economy of the country’s space industry.”

The next goal in our space program is to establish a space technology development zone.”

The ninth goal is to develop our effective and competent human resources in the field of space.”

The tenth and final goal in the Space Program is to send a Turkish citizen to space,” Erdogan said.

Turkey’s National Space Programme Launched

urkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled on Tuesday Turkey’s National Space Programme, a roadmap based on realistic and competitive goals. According to this plan, the country intends to reach the Moon and send a Turkish astronaut under this new programme.

The launch of the country’s national space programme took place at Bestepe National Congress and Culture Center in Ankara. In his speech at the event, Erdogan noted that the program outlines Turkey’s 10-year vision, strategies, objectives, and projects on space policies.

“The national space program will carry our country to an upper league in the global space race,” the Turkish president emphasised during the introductory meeting in the capital Ankara.

Turkish Space Agency (TUA) developed Turkey’s national space programme and it is in charge of running it. President Erdogan said that Turkey is opening the door to the sky journey of its civilization that pioneered justice, morality, and peace in the world for centuries.

“The primary and most important mission of the program is to make the first contact with the Moon in our republic’s centennial year [2023],” Erdogan said.

He explained that the goal of reaching the Moon will be completed in two stages. At the first stage, a rough landing would be made on the Moon with a national and authentic hybrid rocket that will be launched into orbit at the end of 2023 through international cooperation. The second stage will be in 2028, here the initial launching, which carried Turkey’s probe to orbit, will be made through Turkey’s own rockets, he said.

Erdogan added that the goals of this programme are to make the best use of Turkey’s breakthroughs in launch, rocket, and control technologies; and to create a trademark on the new-generation satellite development by gathering satellite production activities under a single authority coordinated by the TUA. More significantly, he noted that Turkey aims to set up a regional positioning and timing system.

“This will pave the way to develop our own precise navigation applications in defence, agriculture, urbanisation, and autonomous vehicles,” he said.

Since Turkey’s geographical location is not convenient for establishing the spaceport, it will cooperate with allied countries in the most suitable areas. In addition to the spaceport, a Space Technology Development Region will be established to welcome domestic and foreign investors, Erdogan added.

Turkey unveils space program including 2023 moon mission

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled an ambitious 10-year space program for his country that includes missions to the moon and sending Turkish astronauts into space.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled an ambitious 10-year space program for his country Tuesday that includes missions to the moon, sending Turkish astronauts into space and developing internationally viable satellite systems.

Erdogan announced the program, seen as part of his vision for placing Turkey in expanded regional and global role, during a live televised event laced with special effects.

He said Turkey planned to establish “a first contact with the moon” in 2023, when the country marks the centennial of the founding of the Turkish republic. The first stage of the mission would be “through international cooperation,” while the second stage would utilize Turkish rockets, Erdogan said.

“Our primary and most important goal for our national space program is the contact of the Republic, in its 100th year, with the moon,” the Turkish leader said. “God willing, we are going to the moon.”

Erdogan also declared Turkey’s aim to send Turkish citizens into space with international cooperation, to work with other countries on building a spaceport and to create a “global brand” in satellite technology.

“I hope that this roadmap, which will carry Turkey to the top league in the global space race, will come to life successfully,” he said.

Turkey established the Turkish Space Agency, or TUA, in 2018, with the aim of joining the handful of other countries with space programs.