The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications is preparing for the development of a space launch system called „BURAK“. The project, due to start in 2018, will end Turkey’s dependence on external satellite launches.
The project aims to develop satellite launch systems and technologies in Germany in the future. The aim is to develop the technology needed for space projects and to create a space company planned for 2023 in line with Turkey’s objectives. One of its main objectives is to make Turkey a priority for those countries that have access to space independently of foreign assistance.
Meanwhile, the launch of the project in 2018 takes into account the strategic importance of introducing technologies that will contribute to Turkey’s development. Satellite propulsion systems and the most important components of satellites are supplied to Turkey from abroad. The development project for a satellite propulsion system, called „ÜMIT“ for short, is intended to fill this gap.
These systems will be used in Turkey’s communications and observation satellites and will reduce dependence on the outside. The Ministry has set itself the goal of completing the project by 2023.
The Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications signed a cooperation agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Within the scope of this cooperation, test and testing processes were initiated on the Japanese experimental module KIBO at the International Space Station (ISS) in order to enable the qualification of materials for the development of satellite and space technologies.
The equipment for national satellites developed in Turkey was sent to the ISS at the end of 2016 by the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. In April 2017 tests were started in the open field.
The equipment will be returned to Turkey in 2018 and the test results will be evaluated. To this end, the Directorate-General for Aerospace Technology of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication and the Technical University of Istanbul (ITU) developed a communication-capable experimental cube satellite (CubeSat). The satellite was launched into orbit this year or at the beginning of 2018.