Following the successful launch of the 4B Satellite earlier in the year, Turkey is set to open a satellite manufacturing and testing center later this month at the Akinci Air Force Base in Ankara. Turkey will then become the twelfth country worldwide capable to produce, test and launch its own satellites.
Türksat is the only communications satellite operator in Turkey. Türksat Corporation was established by the Additional Clause 33 added to the Telegram and Telephone Act numbered 406 with the article 5 of the Act about Making Amendments in Various Laws dated 16th June 2004 and numbered 5189.
The launch of Turkey's Earth ObservationSatellite Göktürk-2 is scheduled for 19 December 2012, 18:13 Turkey time. Turkey’s first domestic observation satellite, Rasat, was successfully launched into space in August 2011.
Taking advantage of the United Nations/ Turkey/ European Space Agency Workshop on “Space Technology Applications for Socio-Economic Benefits” which was conducted in Istanbul, UN-SPIDER carried out an Expert Mission to Ankara to discuss additional activities and efforts including the potential establishment of a Regional Support Office (RSO) by Turksat and the conduction of a UN-SPIDER regional workshop for Western Asia.
Mon, 13/09/2010 to Sat, 18/09/2010
Yusuf S. Hascicek, UN-SPIDER.
The mission included several meetings with high ranking officers from Turksat to discuss issues related to the potential RSO, with the Rector of Akdeniz University and with the Director General of Antalya TecknoPark regarding the organization of a Western-Asia Cooperation Meeting together with Akdeniz University.
The mission allowed UN-SPIDER to strengthen its links with Turksat, with Akdeniz University and with Antalya TecknoPark. The mission also allowed UN-SPIDER to continue discussions on the proposal for Turksat to establish a Regional Support Office and for Turksat and Akdeniz University to co-organize with UN-SPIDER the tentative Western-Asia Cooperation Meeting.