Turkey’s Pres. unveils country’s Nat’l space program

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

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

Noting that the program was prepared and will be carried out by the Turkey 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 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.

The country will gather satellite production activities under a single authority, he added.

Erdogan said 2.1 billion Turkish liras (nearly USD 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.

Under its national space program, Turkey aims to set up a regional positioning and timing system, Erdogan noted.

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

Another goal of the program is to increase the country’s 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.

Source: Kuwait News Agency