Turkey aims to achieve the first contact with the moon as part of its national space programme in 2023, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 9.
"The first rough landing will be made on the moon with our national and authentic hybrid rocket that shall be launched into orbit at the end of 2023 through international cooperation," Erdoğan said, detailing a two-phase mission. Erdoğan did not elaborate further on the cooperation. Last month, Erdoğan spoke to Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk on possible cooperation in space technologies with Turkish companies.
Speaking in an event in Ankara, Erdoğan announced a programme with 10 strategic goals including sending a Turkish citizen to a scientific mission in space.
Last month, Turkey launched its Turksat 5A satellite into orbit from the United States in cooperation with SpaceX. Turksat 5B satellite is planned to be launched in the second quarter of 2021.
Turkey aims to reach strategic space goals in 10 years, Erdoğan also said, adding that the country will improve work on satellite technologies and establish a space port with other ally countries.