Paris, France – Turkish Space Agency has joined the European Space Agency Union (EURİSY) as a member. TUBITAK had previously participated in Eurisy, where space and aviation organizations of various European countries came together.

Eurisy is a French-based organization that brings together space agencies, international organizations, research institutions and private/public organizations engaged in space-related activities throughout Europe. Eurisy, which aims to share professional experience in the space studies ecosystem, thus encourages innovative use in satellite applications. The institution sees itself as a bridge between society and space.

Eurisy, which has been in the sector for more than 30 years, has been used in satellite-based services (earth observation, navigation applications, communication, etc.), is very innovative and works for needs-oriented solutions. It encourages this to be accomplished through various workshops, conferences and project partnerships. Information and experience sharing is provided for the development of relevant services of member public and private sector organizations.

The main purpose of the institution, which is considered relatively new in the sector, is to be an umbrella organization in space studies, Turkish Space Agency , which has administrative and financial autonomy, aims to stand out in coordination with international organizations in the field of aviation and space, as well as in the preparation and support of R & D projects. As a matter of fact, cooperation and experience sharing will be at the heart of the work presented with the national space program, which is expected to be announced before the end of 2020.

The agency is also expected to step up activities on skilled manpower in relevant areas. Eurisy raises awareness of emerging satellite applications which can help professional communities in many sectors of application: from transport to risk management, from habitat protection to energy, from climate change to the Internet of Things, to name a few.

The Turkish Space Agency (Turkish: Türkiye Uzay Ajansı, TUA) is a government agency for national aerospace research in Turkey. It was formally established by a presidential decree on 12 December 2018.

Headquartered in Ankara, the agency is subordinated to the Ministry of Science and Technology. With the establishment of TUA, the Department for Aviation and Space Technologies at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure was abolished. TUA will prepare strategic plans that include medium and long-term objectives, basic principles and approaches, objectives and priorities, performance measures, methods to be followed and resource allocation for aerospace science and technologies.

TUA works in close relation with the TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute (TÜBİTAK UZAY). It is administrated by an executive board of seven members. The tenure of board members, the chairperson excluded, is three years.