‘İmece’ is ready! This is Turkey’s space attack


Turkish Space Agency President Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım said the red apple of Turkey’s youth is “to be strong in space”. Stating that they have made progress in the 10 goals of the space program announced to the world by President Erdogan last year, Yıldırım said: “Turkey in 10 years will be in a very different place.” Stating that the national observation satellite IMECE, which will travel in close orbit around the world and collect information, is ready and about to complete the pre-launch test phase, Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım said that Turkey wishes to achieve the Space Port project not alone, but with international cooperation with friendly and allied countries.

Turkish Space Agency President Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım made special statements to İhlas News Agency.


Providing information on the purpose of establishing the Turkish Space Agency and the projects and programs it carries out from four branches, Founding President Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım said: “Our Space Agency was established at the end of 2018 The Space Agency is actually a highly anticipated agency. and very important government institution. Because all of its space-related activities. will coordinate, determine the main strategy, develop the roadmap, represent the Republic of Turkey before all countries in all institutions abroad, ensure the development of programs of universities, lead master’s and doctoral programs, it is to say responsible for everything that is done on space in Turkey and all “The main institution that will provide direction, coordination and strategy is the umbrella organization. That is why the Space Agency it is very important.”

Stating that the world is experiencing the second space age and powerful companies that have a say in space have taken over in this second period, Turkish Space Agency Chairman Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım said “The space age that began in 1957 was actually a bipolar period. The Soviet Union on one side and the United States on the other. That’s how space studies went. These two great powers were competing with each other. You could even say that they were fighting. There was such tight competition. But now that has changed in the new era. A shift from states to corporations has begun. Big corporations have taken over the tasks what the states are doing. They are progressing fast and they are doing the main work. Therefore, we have to move to such a structure in Turkey. But above all, the state will take the lead. Because these are difficult questions and studies, expensive and risky. Therefore, the state will lead and we do. this work is currently underway in Turkey. The agency space is one of them, but it is definitely ours. What we need to do in the near future is develop an ecosystem. In other words, it’s about involving the private sector in this endeavor so that we can gain that momentum and move faster. Therefore, the hallmark of the new era is that this activity is now expanding to a very local level, all states and countries are trying to do something in space, and corporations are playing a very important role here” , did he declare.



Expressing that they have made progress in the 10 goals of the space program announced to the world by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on February 9, 2021, Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım said, “We aim to achieve these 10 goals by 2030 by 10 years. We are working day and night for this. Of course, these are difficult goals, important goals. Many will be firsts for Turkey. Such is the lunar program, such is the astronaut. For the first time, one of our citizens will go into space with a scientific mission. We have a spaceport project. Access to space and a spaceport. What is a spaceport? It is the same thing that an airport. I mean, it’s a commercial institution. It’s not a military base. That’s why we call it a There are currently 25 structures called spaceports in the world. Launches are made from here. We want to add one and compete. As a Turkey, we are not alone, we want to do this with international cooperation. We want to do this with brotherly and friendly countries and allied countries. It works now. There are very important BKZS What is BKZS? The Regional Positioning Timing System, ie the national and domestic model of the system we call GPS. This is a very large and difficult project. We continue to work for this. Our observations from the ground We are trying to improve this capability, especially with our Doğu Anadolu Observatory, which was established in Erzurum, with a mirror diameter of 4 meters. We work in such a vast field that it is difficult for us to keep up. I can easily say that we have made progress in each of the 10 goals. We continue to walk further. After 10 years, Turkey will be in a very different situation,” he said.



Stating that the IMECE satellite, the first domestic and national observation satellite with sub-meter resolution, is also ready and has passed the pre-launch test phase, Yıldırım continued his remarks as follows:

“IMECE is actually a satellite that comes as an extension of a process. IMECE is a remote sensing satellite built with a 60% localization rate. It has an advanced electro-camera that will move into close orbit. It will collect and transmit images from around the world. This is what it will do. At an altitude of about 600 kilometers. The launch date is also set for January 15, 2023. The satellite is ready at the moment, but it There are many pre-launch test phases. This phase is in progress. It will take thousands of photos. Everyone can use it. It will constantly take and send photos. It can be used in agricultural studies, it will be used in urban planning, it can be used in the management of natural disasters, in the control of the seas and in many missions of the security forces.



Expressing that space will be the red apple of Turkish youth in the new era, Turkish Space Agency President Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım said: “Unfortunately, our young people need such important goals in our world, who has become too materialistic and materialistic. In our time, in our youth, we had this. We had a red apple. Let’s take our country to a place, There was a thought that we should do the following. Now I see there is such a perception that how we can do it and make more money. It’s very dangerous ; it is the name of the distant goal of the Turkish nation, which we have symbolized as the “red apple” for thousands of years. The red apple of our time is space. “To be strong in space is to be a space power. We really think that can be presented to young people as a red apple. I am always with young people. I am in university every week. I see that something like it really works. Our if young people embrace it enthusiastically, our country will go to very different places.” That’s why we attach great importance to this,” he said.

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