Turkish Space Agency
Türkiye Uzay Ajansı
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Agency overview
Formed13 December 2018; 4 years ago (2018-12-13)
TypeSpace agency
HeadquartersAnkara, Turkey
AdministratorSerdar Hüseyin Yıldırım[1]
OwnerMinistry of Industry and Technology
Annual budget1.62 billion (2023)[2]

The Turkish Space Agency (Turkish: Türkiye Uzay Ajansı, TUA) is a government agency for national aerospace research in Turkey. It was formally established by a presidential decree on 13 December 2018.[3][4]

Headquartered in Ankara,[5] the agency is subordinated to the Ministry of Industry and Technology. With the establishment of TUA, the Department for Aviation and Space Technologies at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure was abolished. TUA prepares strategic plans that include medium and long-term goals, basic principles and approaches, objectives and priorities, performance measures, methods to be followed and resource allocation for aerospace science and technologies.[6]

TUA works in close collaboration with the TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute (TÜBİTAK UZAY). It is administrated by an executive board of seven members. The tenure of board members, the chairperson excluded, is three years.[7][6]

National Space Program

Preliminary ten objectives:[8]

  1. In 2023 (the centennial of the Republic) Turkey will perform a hard landing on the moon.
  2. A new company will be established for satellite production.
  3. Work and strive for regional superiority.
  4. A spaceport will be established in the country. And possibly one in Somalia.[9][10]
  5. Competence in space will be increased by researching space weather and meteorology.
  6. Meteorites, planets and more in space will be tracked from Earth.
  7. The space industry will conduct integrated studies.
  8. A space technologies development zone will be established.
  9. Undergraduate and graduate education focus on space and aviation.
  10. A Turkish citizen astronaut will be sent to space.

The last objective is planned for the second half of 2023 by sending a Turkish citizen to the International Space Station (ISS) within the scope of the Turkish Space Traveler and Science Mission project.[11]


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The agency's duties and areas of authority are:[12]


No. Head Took office Left office
1 Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım 6 August 2019 On duty

See also


  1. ^ "Uzay Ajansı'nın İlk Başkanı Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım" (in Turkish). Haberturk.com. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  2. ^ Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Presidency of Strategy and Budget (24 October 2022). "2023 Yılı Merkezi Yönetim Bütçe Kanunu Teklifi" (PDF). T.C. Resmî Gazete. Retrieved 10 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Turkey launches national space program". Hürriyet Daily News. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Turkey formally establishes its national Space Agency". Daily Sabah. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Türkiye Uzay Ajansı'nın merkezi Ankara'da olacak". Haber 7 (in Turkish). 19 January 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Türkiye Uzay Ajansı resmen kuruldu! Peki Türkiye Uzay Ajansı nedir, nasıl çalışacak?". Habertürk (in Turkish). 13 December 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Türkiye Uzay Ajansı Hakkında Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kararnamesi" (PDF). T.C. Resmi Gazete (in Turkish). 12 December 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Uzay Ajansı: Ne zaman kuruldu, görevi ve hedefleri neler, yönetim kurulunda kimler var?" (in Turkish). BBC News. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Tweet:The government of Turkey plans to build a rocket launch site in Somalia". Retrieved 8 March 2021 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Space in Africa. "Turkey to Build a Rocket Launch Site in Somalia to Support its USD 1 billion Moon Mission". Africanews.space. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  11. ^ "First Turk to be in space in second half of 2023: Minister - Türkiye News". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2 January 2023.
  12. ^ "duties TUA" (PDF).((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)