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The Small Satellite Odyssey of Turkey

Leloğlu, Uğur Murat
In early 1990’s, the lack of substantial work in space technologies in Turkey has caused intense discussions, which led to efforts that have resulted in the establishment of the Satellite Technologies Group in TÜBİTAK UZAY (TÜBİTAK BİLTEN at that date) and launching of a small satellite technology transfer project in 1998. With this start-up project, the first seeds of space technology development capability have been cultivated. In order to accelerate the germination process of that specific technology, follow-on projects at system and sub-system level were initiated. To create maximum synergy, the technologies in which TUBITAK UZAY is strong, like electronics and software development, have been considered for the selection of the follow-on projects. In this study, the current state of the small satellite program will briefly be presented and the strategy employed to use this basis to support future Turkish programs will be discussed.