Turk­ish Space Agency plans satel­lite launch

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

TURKEY is mov­ing ahead with work to es­tab­lish a na­tional space body after the coun­try’s pol­icy and law­mak­ers pre­pared the leg­isla­tive frame­work for the Turk­ish Space Agency (TSA) last year, Trans­port, Mar­itime Af­fairs, and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ah­met Arslan has said.

Arslan told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the agency would fur­ther Turkey’s space am­bi­tions and en­able it to pro­duce and launch its own satel­lites. It will also help carry out ac­tiv­i­ties in the field of aero­space, follow and use lat­est tech­nolo­gies, and most im­por­tantly co­or­di­nate dif­fer­ent projects.

He said that even though the Sci­ence, In­dus­try, and Tech­nol­ogy Min­istry and Na­tional De­fense Min­istry carry out dif­fer­ent projects from time to time, it was im­por­tant to co­or­di­nate them un­der one roof for a big­ger pres­ence in the sec­tor in or­der to par­tic­i­pate in the grow­ing global com­pe­ti­tion while adding value to the coun­try’s exports.

He said that ma­jor­ity of the re­lated stud­ies on es­tab­lish­ing the TSA were ini­ti­ated in 2010. Re­call­ing that the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Aero­nau­tics and Space Tech­nolo­gies was es­tab­lished in 2011 within the Trans­port, Mar­itime Af­fairs, and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­istry, Arslan said: “As we have seen, the fact that we have a gen­eral direc­torate and that there are struc­tures un­der dif­fer­ent names in other units make it dif­fi­cult for the coun­try to follow a sin­gle pol­icy within a com­mon frame­work and make it dif­fi­cult to quickly achieve the tar­get.”

“The Draft Law on the Es­tab­lish­ment of the Turk­ish Space Agency and the Ar­range­ment of Spa­tial Ac­tiv­i­ties is on Par­lia­ment’s agenda but the is­sue is yet to be dis­cussed at Par­lia­ment after it was de­layed by the con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment and the sum­mer va­ca­tion.”

Ex­plain­ing that the TSA will be es­tab­lished with projects to be car­ried out within this leg­isla­tive year, Arslan said Turkey wants to be a coun­try that not only pro­duces satel­lites but also launches them.

Arslan re­vealed that the min­istry was col­lab­o­rat­ing with dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties to es­tab­lish the agency and in­di­cated that it was very im­por­tant that space ac­tiv­i­ties be car­ried out un­der a sin­gle roof with the help of a unit that is af­fil­i­ated to the Prime Min­istry.

Claim­ing that the fu­ture is in outer space, he said: “We will be present in this sec­tor and carry out rel­e­vant projects to cre­ate added-value to our coun­try. Our fu­ture projects will also in­clude manned space mis­sions.”

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