Cooperation From TİM and ITU to Contribute to The First National Space Program

TİM CHAIRMAN GÜLLE: WE WILL IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR DOMESTIC SPACE SYSTEM

A cooperation protocol will be signed between Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) to contribute to the goal of Türkiye's “National Space Program” announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. With the protocol to be signed on March 11th; Within ITU Space Systems Design and Test Laboratory, “Nano, Micro, Multifunctional Solar Panel R&D Project in Cube Satellites” will be carried out with the coordination of InovaTİm. With the project, multifunctional, domestic solar panels will be developed for Nano and Micro Satellites, which are quite widespread in the world and cost very low. 

Saying that they will carry our flag that best suits the skies, to the places it deserves at the National Space Program introductory meeting of our President, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “Our feet will be in the world and our eyes will be in space. We will develop the space subsystem that we depend on abroad in the information infrastructure of our country. Within the scope of InovaTİM's First R&D Project, 100 students with InovaTİM will obtain know-how by being included in the project processes”.

Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of 100,000 exporters with 61 exporter associations and 27 sectors continues to contribute to the country's economy. In this context, a cooperation protocol being signed between TİM and İstanbul Technical University (ITU), one of Türkiye's major universities, on March 11, 2021. With the protocol for strengthening university-industry cooperation, “Nano, Micro, Multifunctional Solar Panel R&D Project in Cube Satellites” will be carried out within ITU Space Systems Design and Test Laboratory in coordination with InovaTİM.

It will be exported within two years

With the project which directly coincides with three of the ten visionary goals in Türkiye's first National Space Program announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, 100 InovaTİM students will be involved in the project processes for two years. With the project which will be reached its goal in 2023, it is envisaged that it will develop and export solar panels at low cost and with innovative techniques.

Commenting on the issue, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “As Turkish Exporters Assembly, which proudly supports innovation and the innovation ecosystem and believes that innovation is behind all our national goals, we are very excited about the National Space Program which will carry our country to the top in the global space race.” Saying that they will carry our flag that best suits the skies, to the places it deserves at the National Space Program introductory meeting of our President, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “Our feet will be in the world and our eyes will be in space. We will develop the space subsystem that we depend on abroad in the information infrastructure of our country. Thus, we aim to contribute to our National Space Program in 2023, the 100th anniversary of the founding of our Republic.”

Details of the project that will end dependence abroad

The R&D project is expected to contribute directly to the "Single Roof accumulation of Satellite production and the Development of Local Satellite Program", “the Development of the Space Industry Ecosystem” and "Development of Space Awareness and Human Resources" among the 10 targets covered by the National Space Program Roadmap.

Within the scope of Türkiye's Youngest Innovative Family InovaTİM's first R&D project, 100 InovaTİM students, which will be included to the process, will get the know-how. The aim is to gain capability on the economic production techniques and development processes of solar panels used in Nano, Micro, and Cube satellites. In this way, it is aimed to develop a very costly space subsystem that is dependent on abroad. With the aim of the project, it is planned that solar panels can reach the level of export with the contribution of cube satellite development training and bilateral cooperation given to many countries abroad. Also, laboratory-trained scientists will be given additional capabilities and will be self-confidence boosters for future studies.

What is the importance of Cube, Nano, and Micro Satellite?

Satellite projects in the category of "Cube Satellite" and "Small Satellite", which are seen as very powerful tools for applied and scientific space exploration, are accepted all over the world. The advantages of these projects are that their costs are much lower, they are a very good way to train personnel and offer the opportunity to perform even in low space budget countries.

Joint projects from TİM and ITU

The protocol which will be signed between Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) and İstanbul Technical University (ITU) is not limited to the satellite project. It will be worked together to develop joint activities and specific areas of study for university-industry cooperation. Joint R&D activities will be carried out. Cooperation will be made on vocational education, innovation, digital transformation activities, entrepreneurship, academic studies, and the employment of university students and graduates. 

In branding, national and international events, organizations, fairs, and research issues;

Relations between TİM, Exporters' Associations, and members and ITU management, faculty members, researchers, and students will be encouraged.

The results of the research studies will be shared.

Joint scientific and business-oriented organizations will be held.

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