Space Launch System (Turkey)

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The Space Launch System (Turkish: Uydu Fırlatma Sistemi), shortly UFS, is a project to develop the satellite launch capability of Turkey.

The aim of the project is to support the sustainability of the national satellite programs and to reach the space independently. It consists of the building of a spaceport, the development of satellite launch vehicles as well as the establishment of remote earth stations. Contracted to the national missile manufacturer, Roketsan, on July 17, 2013, the project is currently in the pre-conceptual design phase.[1][2][3][4][5] The Space Group Command of the Turkish Air Force, which is being formed, will operate the spaceport when it is completed.[6][7]

According to a newspaper report, the UFS will be capable of launching low-Earth-orbiting satellites into an altitude of 500–700 km (310–430 mi).[5][6][8] The budget for the launch system's infrastructure is given with US$50 million and for the electronics another US$50 million.[3]


  1. ^ "Space Launch System Project". Undersecretariat for Defence Industries. Archived from the original on 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  2. ^ "Türkiye uydu fırlatma merkezi kuracak". Sabah (in Turkish). 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  3. ^ a b "Türkiye ilk uydu fırlatma merkezine hazırlanıyor". Sabah (in Turkish). 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  4. ^ Bekdil, Burak Ege (2013-07-28). "Turkey's Sat-Launcher Plans Raise Concerns". Defense News. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  5. ^ a b "Report: Ankara approves construction of its first satellite launching center". Today's Zaman. 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  6. ^ a b Bekdil, Burak Ege (2013-12-12). "Turkey Spends Big on Innovation". Defense News. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  7. ^ "Turkish Armed Forces' 'space road map' ready". Hürriyet Daily News. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  8. ^ Bekdil, Burak (2013-12-16). "Innovation key to 'breakthrough' in Turkish defense industry". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2013-12-20.

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