The “1st Online Space Symposium” was held online as part of the 4-10 October Space Week by the Schools of Educational Sciences.

prof. Dr. İbrahim Küçük talked about what Turkey is doing in the field of space studies at the symposium.


Noting that when Turkey’s space-related activities are considered as military and civilian in terms of satellite production or sending satellites, Küçük said that as TUA, they are on the civilian side, and that they aim to continue their work within the framework of the UN’s decisions regarding the peaceful use of space.

Explaining that observations are made in the optical region in observatories, Küçük said, “So there are telescopes consisting of a lens and separate systems. However, Erciyes University Observatory and Atatürk University Eastern Anatolia Observatory are different from the others. We have a dish antenna and a radio telescope at Erciyes University. In Eastern Anatolia Observatory, we have a satellite dish and a radio telescope. “It’s just being set up. We’re going to have a telescope with a mirror diameter of 4 meters. So this is almost the largest telescope in Europe.” he said.

Stating that space studies in Turkey generally work depending on universities, Küçük said that Kandilli Observatory was established in 1868, then Istanbul University Observatory in 1935, Ankara University Observatory in 1963, Ege University Observatory in 1965, Çukurova University in 1991. UZAYMER informed that TÜBİTAK National Observatory was established in 1997, ÇOMÜ Ulupınar Astrophysical Observatory in 2002, Erciyes University Observatory in 2009, İnönü University Observatory in 2012, Adıyaman University Observatory in 2015, and Atatürk University Eastern Anatolia Observatory in 2019.


prof. Dr. İbrahim Küçük shared the following information about current space studies and goals in this field:

“In February this year, our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself introduced the National Space Program. 10 targets were set. The first of these was the Moon mission. We need to reach the Moon. Let’s reach the Moon somehow and then land a vehicle there. Moon We aim to reach the International Space Station. We aim to send a Turkish astronaut to the International Space Station. We are currently trying to improve our launch capability. Very important breakthroughs are being made in this regard. For example, currently there are test studies on the vehicle that will go to the Moon or the vehicle that will reach the lunar orbit. being done.”


From TÜBİTAK UZAY, who is the manager of the TÜRKSAT 6A project, Dr. Cevher Levent Ertürk gave information about TÜRKSAT 6A, a communication satellite developed with national resources.

Reminding that the TÜRKSAT 6A satellite project started at the end of 2014, Küçük said:

“There are 20 band transmitters on our satellite. Thanks to these transmitters, you will be able to receive television broadcasts. 16 of them are original and 4 of them are spare. TÜRKSAT 6A has a service life of 15 years. In addition, the satellite will have 16 years of fuel. In this way, if the satellite reaches its service life, It will be able to continue its mission for 1 more year if it is still in operation. A satellite of over 4 tons. The largest satellite ever built in Turkey was GÖKTÜRK-2. However, it was 400 kilograms. TÜRKSAT 6A is 10 times larger than it. A large part of it is fuel.”

The symposium continues online.


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