SGAC Turkey

National Points of Contact Turkey

Welcome to the homepage of the SGAC Turkey!

The space sector in Turkey began to gain momentum at the beginning of the 2000s. As a late comer into this industry, our space program started with technology transfer and spreading knowledge through partnerships. Today, Turkey focused mainly on satellite technologies at system and subsystem levels with Electro-Optical Satellite Camera, Communication System, Star Tracker, Sun Sensor, Hall Effect Thruster System, Reaction Wheel, Payload Data Storage, Compression and Formatting Unit, and Next Generation On-board Computer. As well as satellite manufacturing, an agreement regarding the Micro-Satellite Launch System Development Project has been signed between SSB and Roketsan. With the establishment of the Turkish Space Agency, new projects will be created, and a larger labour force will be needed.

The breathless degree of continuous technological change worldwide particularly in exploration of outer space stimulates the legal thinking and urges law-makers to adapt laws regulating space activities. Although Turkey has no specific national law regulating space activities and licensing requirements, the newly established Space Agency is expected to carry out studies on space law consistent with international legislation and to cooperate with foreign space agencies.

With the ever-increasing request in exploration and accessibility of outer space, it is promising and exciting to see that Turkey has finally taken this step and established its first and own space agency and as the NPoCs for Turkey we believe that in order to improve the Turkish space program we need people from every walk of life. From Scientists to Artists from Engineers to Lawyers, we need to work together and discuss the interdisciplinary aspects of the space. Therefore, our goal is to connect students and young professionals, to support them in taking active roles in the space sector both in Turkey and around the world.

Young Space Activities Overview in Turkey

14-15 December 2019 1st ME-SGW: Middle East Space Generation Workshop
Building on the success of the regional workshops around the world, the first edition of Middle East Space Generation Workshop (ME-SGW) will be organized in Istanbul, Turkey. The two-day regional event will bring together Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree candidates, young professionals, experts, academia, space agencies and industry representatives to participate through a series of workshops, panels and guest speakers.

          –  Venue: Istanbul Aydin University
          –  Language: The working language of the Conference will be English.

19-20 October 2019 NASA Space Apps Challenge Ankara 2019
The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon that will take place over in cities around the globe between October 19th and 20th, 2019. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing open-source solutions to challenges we currently face on Earth and in space. The ideas which be found by participants will be evaluated in front of the jury and will be awarded on a national and international basis, and the finalists will compete with the project winners. NASA decided to carry out the joint event with the METU Young Entrepreneurs Society in Ankara.

23-26 September 2019 United Nations/ Turkey/ APSCO Conference on Space Law and Policy
The conference will be hosted by the government of Turkey. Co-organized by the TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute, The Turkish Space Agency and Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization.

          –  Venue: Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Ayazağa Campus, Süleyman Demirel Cultural and Convention Center
          –  Language: The working language of the Conference will be English.

20-23 September 2019 TEKNOFEST: National Technology Initiative
The TEKNOFEST ISTANBUL Aerospace and Technology Festival is organized by the Turkish Technology Team Foundation (T3) to showcase Turkey’s rapid advance in technology and to promote technology advances as a national cause. The festival will sponsor on-going fun activities in science and technology for all age groups. These include simulation exercises, team games, and aviation activities, in addition to educationally fun activities for kids.

18-20 September 2019 AIAC: 10th Ankara International Aerospace Conference
The main objective of AIAC is to provide an international forum for researchers and scientists in the field of aerospace sciences and technology. It is intended to attract a broad range of researchers from the academia and the aerospace industry in order to facilitate a healthy discussion and to promote an interaction between theory and practice.

          – Venue: Middle East Technical University, Ankara
          – Language: The working language of the Conference will be English.

11-14 June 2019 RAST: Recent Advances in Space Technology
A forum for the presentation and review of developments in space, as well as all aspects of recent developments in space technologies. 

          – Venue: Istanbul Technical University, Maslak and Gumussuyu Campus
          – Language: The working language of the Conference will be English.

17-18 May 2019 ITU Aerospace Days
ITU Aerospace Days brings together sportive and sectoral aviation. Exciting topics on such as, space exploration, missile systems, aircraft and engine models, paragliding, wingsuit will take place in the event.

          – Venue: Istanbul Technical University, Suleyman Demirel Cultural Center
          – Language: The working language of the Conference will be Turkish.

21 April 2019 FIKIR UZAYI: “We have ideas for space!” METU Aerospace Society (ODTU HUT) is organized a workshop called FIKIR UZAYI with the support of TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute and the Future Research Institute. With the lead of space experts, two major topics, Space Debris and Moon Mission, were discussed in technology, business and policy point of views.


Related Web Links


     – ASELSAN
     – DeltaV Space Technologies
     – GUMUSH
     – IVME-R
     – SDT
     – STM
     – TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute (TUBITAK UZAY)
     – Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI)
     – TURKSAT

Groups, People, Institutions

     – SEDS Turkey: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
     – TABIP: Academic and Scientific Cooperation Portal of Turkey
     – The Future Research Institute
     – Turkish Astronomical Society
     – T3: Turkish Technology Team


     – APSCO: Master and Doctoral Degree Programs on Space Technology Applications
     – ABDIGM: Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level of scholarships are given in STEM subjects and language courses.
     – Fullbright: Grants awarded in various disciplines to those who wish to pursue their career in the USA.
     – TEV: Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level of scholarships are given in STEM subjects and language courses.
     – Toptal Scholarships for Women: Toptal is awarding $10,000 and a year of mentorship to five future female leaders who want to change the world.
     – TUBITAK: Undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral scholarships are given in both national and international programs.
     – TUBITAK-BIDEB: Science Fellowships and Grant Programmes

Student Associations


TUBITAK Bilim ve Teknik, Bilimma, Evrim Ağacı, Dünya Halleri, Gaia, Kozmik Anafor, Popular Science, ODTULU