After a near 20-year delay, Turkey has announced the creation of a space agency under a presidential decree published in the official gazette on 13 December. The new agency will prepare and implement the National Space Programme.
Turkish industry and technology minister Mustafa Varank said on 13 December that the agency, which is affiliated with his ministry, will strengthen the Turkish aerospace industry, improve the scientific infrastructure and human resources in the field of space technology, and boost Turkish capabilities. The agency also will pave the way for independent access to space, he added.
Acting as a central single authority in space, the agency aims to co-ordinate current and future space activities.
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