Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ahmet Davutoglu gestures as he delivers a speech during the AKP's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara on April 5, 2016. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that his Turkey will formally launch the Turkish Space Agency within the next three months.
The agency will be tasked to coordinate with coordinating all of Turkey’s space and aerospace programs and . It will be located in Kazan, a township near Ankara.
A procurement official familiar with the effort said that its the space agency's basic work will concentrate on satellite technology, satellite launching systems, space stations and deep space research.
Ankara has drafted a will for the Turkish Space Agency that will head to the cabinet for approval before being debated by Parliament.
A draft will for the Turkish Space Agency has been written by the government. It will soon go to the cabinet for ministers' approval. It will then be debated and passed in parliament.
Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said that the governmental effort for the agency was the joint work of the Turkish military General Staff, Defense Ministry, and the Science, Industry and Technology Ministry.
"We have studied similar legal framework in the United States (NASA's), Japan, Germany and France. Our legal framework will be special to Turkey's needs," Minister Yildirim said.
Turkey also is working on plans to build a satellite-launching station. The procurement official said Datca, on Turkey’s southwestern coast, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a breakaway Turkish state recognized only by Turkey, that some of the are two potential locations for the station. that was Datca on Turkey’s southwestern coast and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a breakaway Turkish state recognized only by Turkey.
Burak Ege Bekdil is a Turkey correspondent for Defense News. He has written for Hurriyet Daily News, and worked as Ankara bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC-e television. He is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and regularly writes for the Middle East Quarterly and Gatestone Institute.