“UBAKUSAT Kupsat” Satellite developed by ITU Prepares for Launch
Sep 28, 2016


Years of laborious work in the field of satellite and space technologies undertaken by our academic staff and students since the 2000s have finally yielded fruits. An agreement involving the installation and launch of UBAKUSAT Kupsat satellite, which was developed by ITU, was signed on 8 September 2016, in Ankara. According to the agreement, UBAKUSAT Kupsat satellite will be launched from the International Space Agency. With this agreement, Turkey has taken a considerable step in space research. ITU team, who has assiduously worked in the ITU Space Systems Design and Testing Laboratory, should be given the highest credit for this accomplishment of the our university.

The process was initiated by Japanese Science and Technology Minister Yosuke Tsuruho and his commission, who visited Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication Ahmet Arslan with the aim of collaborating in the field of satellite and space technologies. As a result of the meeting, a cooperation agreement was signed by Director General of the Aeronautics and Space Technologies Dr. Cihan Kanlıgöz, on behalf of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, and Vice President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Mr. Yuichi Yamaura.

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According to the agreement, “UBAKUSAT Kupsat”, which has been developed by the Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics at ITU, will be launched to space via Japan's space module named "Kibo", which is located in the International Space Agency (ISA). The scope of collaboration also involves resistance experiments on materials developed by ASELSAN for space technologies.

In addition, a second agreement stipulating the technical details of the project was signed by Director General of the Aeronautics and Space Technologies Dr. Cihan Kanlıgöz, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency KIBO Commander Dr. Koichi Wakata, Dean of the Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics Prof. Metin Orhan Kaya, and Director General of ASELSAN Faik Eken.

We congratulate our students and professors on being a part of this project, which is a significant step towards the realization of Turkey’s future space exploration goals.