On February 9, Turkey’s national space program was disclosed at a historic ceremony in Ankara in the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Shedding light on Turkey’s program objectives, President Erdoğan said, "The primary and most critical mission of the program is to contact with the Moon on the centennial of our republic." The national space program will uplift our country to a superior league in the global space race, noted President Erdoğan.
The program, comprising 10 main targets, will be executed by the Turkish Space Agency (TUA), which had also been launched by President Erdoğan himself back in December 2018.
Pivoting to satellite production activities which will be made possible under the program, President Erdoğan added, “This will pave the way for developing Turkey’s own precise navigation applications in defense, agriculture, urbanization, and autonomous vehicles."