Photodetectors to be produced in Bolu will be used in Turkey’s Moon mission

Gallium nitrate (GaN)-based photodetectors, which will be designed and produced at the Nuclear Radiation Detectors Application and Research Center (NURDAM), will be used in the lunar mission, which is aimed to be carried out within the scope of Turkey’s National Space Program.

Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University Nuclear Radiation Detectors Application and Research Center (NÜRDAM) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences “Production of High Performance GaN Photodetectors to be Used in the Monitoring of the Lunar Mission Rocket Igniter System Efficiency, Fire Extinguishing and Explosion Suppression Systems”, support from TÜBİTAK entitled to receive.

Within the scope of the project, GaN-based photodetectors used in many fields such as advanced space communication, missile detection, flame sensors, biological process detection, air purification, ozone detection will be designed and produced at the center.

Photodetectors to be used in the Moon mission, which is one of the 10 strategic targets in the National Space Program introduced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, are among the sensors of critical importance for rocket technology.

“We will start working after the budget is sent”

NURDAM Director Prof. Dr. Ercan Yılmaz told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they carry out various studies at the center, one of which is the project they prepared jointly with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Stating that the project is supported by TÜBİTAK, Yılmaz said, “As our President has also announced, we will produce the sensors to be used in monitoring the efficiency of the igniter part of the rocket system on the Moon mission, fire extinguishing and explosion suppression here. The project has been approved, we are currently waiting for its budget. After the budget is sent, we will start working quickly.” he said.

Yılmaz stated that the project of the sensors they will produce for the Moon mission also received support from the Turkish Space Agency (TUA), and stated that after completing the production process, they will start the process of integrating them into the rocket in cooperation with TUA.

“We produced the radiation sensors of domestic satellites”

Reminding that they are also working on the development of the radiation module to be used in domestic satellites, Yılmaz shared the following information:

“In this context, we produced the radiation sensors and converted them into modules. It has also been tested and approved by TÜBİTAK Space. The integration process to our domestic satellites İmece Satellite and APSCO Satellite has begun. Imece Satellite is expected to be launched in early 2022. After that, we will receive data. We’ll start.”

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