Turkey Outlines 10-Year Space Development Program

The same day that rival United Arab Emirates’ Hope spacecraft entered orbit around Mars, Turkey unveiled an ambitious 10-year plan that includes sending an astronaut into orbit and a rover to the surface of the moon.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country’s lunar rover would be launched in 2023 to mark the centennial of the nation’s founding. “We will go to the moon in 2023,” he said.

The 10-year program has ten different areas of focus.

  • lunar exploration
  • indigenous satellite development
  • regional positioning and timing
  • space access and spaceport development
  • Turkish astronaut and scientific research
  • space weather research
  • observation and tracking of space objects
  • creation of a space industry ecosystem
  • development of human resources
  • creation of space technology development zone.

“The national space program will carry our country to an upper league in the global space race,” Erdogan said as he announced the 10-year plan.

The Turkish Space Agency (TUA) will carry out the program. You can learn more about 10-year plan here.