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Turkey’s Space Policy 13 mai 2014

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EDAM Discussion Paper Series, 2014/3, 13 May 2014, 14 p.

Aaron Stein *

Turkey has remained committed to developing space capabilities for close to two decades. Ankara has also embarked on a very practical approach to developing a satellite industry. The main focus of the indigenous program is on low-cost minisatellites, designed to perform dual-use functions. Yet Turkey does not appear to have the local capacity to develop the rocket engines needed to lift 500 kg payloads into low-earth orbit. Moreover, the Missile Technologies Control Regime will complicate any effort to procure such systems from abroad. The program would also  benefit from greater transparency. Ankara’s failure to clearly articulate the scope of the Satellite Launch Vehicle project has led to concerns that Ankara is intent on developing a ballistic missile technology. Yet, such concerns should not detract from the sustained commitment the Turkish government has shown for the development of satellites. While Turkey’s space program is still in its infancy, Ankara is certain to further develop its intelligence, reconnaissance  and communications capabilities in the near future.

* Associate Fellow, RUSI

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