JAKARTA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attacked a lunar lander in 2023, as one of Turkey’s national space programs. This step will be achieved with international cooperation.
“The first hard landings will be made on the moon in our national and authentic hybrid rocket, which will be launched into orbit at the end of 2023 through international cooperation,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan did not detail the cooperation. However, last month Erdogan spoke with Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk about possible cooperation in space technology with Turkish firms.
Speaking at an event in Ankara, Erdogan announced a program with 10 strategic objectives, including sending Turkish citizens on science missions in space.
Last month, Turkey launched its Turksat 5A satellite from the United States in collaboration with SpaceX. The Turksat 5B satellite is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2021.
“Turkey aims to achieve its strategic space objectives within 10 years. Turkey will increase work on satellite technology and build spaceports with other allied nations,” Erdogan said.
Previously, Turkey started reconnaissance and communications satellites, established a satellite system integration and testing center, and produced a national high-definition satellite called IMECE, which is expected to go live in 2022.
“Our feet will be on the ground, but our eyes will be on the sky. Our roots will be on the ground, our branches will rise to the sky,” he concluded significantly.
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