TUBITAK President Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal said, “We will send our first Turkish space passenger to the International Space Station with the Turkish Astronaut and Science Mission Project, which we aim to realize on the 100th anniversary of our Republic.” Mandal said, “Beyond meeting the critical technology needs of our country with domestic and national solutions, we will also put exports at the forefront and further strengthen our ability to transfer high technology.”
President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal stated that the Authority will have a say in space technologies in 2023, “We will send our first Turkish space passenger to the International Space Station with the Turkish Astronaut and Science Mission Project, which we aim to realize in the 100th anniversary of our Republic.” said.
Mandal told the AA correspondent about the Agency’s work in 2022 and made evaluations of its 2023 targets.
Explaining that TÜBİTAK supports the High Technology and Industry Innovation Networks platforms, which bring together more than 100 stakeholders from the private sector, universities, research infrastructure, and public R&D centers in fields such as innovative vaccine and drug and medical device studies, and smart home products. “We have started preparations for the first moon mission. We are nearing the end to send our Turkish citizens into space. We have implemented Turkey’s first submarine test infrastructure.” used the phrases.
Emphasizing that they have observed a rapid transformation in R&D and innovation processes with the returns of global risks and the rapid development of technology, Mandal stated that they consider the needs, global and national focuses, and economic and social benefits that arise with this transformation while planning their support and R&D activities. brought.
Support for more than 8 thousand R&D projects in 2022
Explaining that they have determined their strategic priorities as conducting R&D and innovation processes in a target-oriented manner, taking into account output and impact factors, Mandal said:
“We attach special importance to the development of technologies that our country needs in order to be prepared for the risks arising from changes and transformations on a global scale and to turn these environments into opportunities. We give priority to the issues of combating epidemic diseases, climate change and natural disasters, green economy, and digital transformation. As TÜBİTAK, we focused on encouraging result-oriented solution-finding processes based on the ‘co-development’ and ‘co-achieving’ approach, as one of them involves challenges that require multidisciplinary and stakeholder solutions.”
Mandal stated that since 2013, TÜBİTAK has prepared a “TÜBİTAK Priority R&D and Innovation Issues” study every 2 years.
Stating that in 2022, more than 2,500 SMEs, more than 3 thousand enterprises, and 177 universities, provided nearly 2.5 billion TL support to over 8 thousand R&D projects in total, Mandal said, “In the academy projects we support, 15 thousand researchers, 14 1,300 scholarship holders are on duty.” said.
Mandal stated that TUBITAK will have a say in space technologies in 2023 and stated that they will launch Turkey’s first sub-meter resolution IMECE Satellite in the first quarter of 2023.
Stating that the country’s first national and domestic communication satellite, TÜRKSAT 6A, will be launched into space in the 100th year of the Republic and Turkey will become the 11th country in the world with the ability to develop communication satellites, Mandal said, “The Turkish Astronaut and Science Mission Project, which we aim to realize in the 100th anniversary of our Republic. We will send our first Turkish space passenger to the International Space Station with our company. We will strengthen our ability to transfer high technology by putting exports at the forefront, beyond meeting our country’s critical technology needs with domestic and national solutions. With the production of science and technology in the field of defense, we will export these technologies, especially to friendly and allied countries. We will continue our efforts to expand our leading country position to all advanced technology areas. We will finalize our critical projects in the field of defense,” he said.
Stating that the industry will take critical steps towards green and digital bilateral transformation in 2023 and green growth afterward, Mandal said, within the scope of the Green Growth Technology Roadmap, to meet the green transformation needs in the iron-steel, aluminum, cement, chemicals, plastics and fertilizer sectors through domestic technologies. He said they would support the projects for
The goal is to make Turkey a center of attraction for scientists.
Emphasizing that they will support and carry out projects that will ensure the security of the country regarding the water, food, and energy supply problems that arise as a result of the epidemic, war, and the effects of climate change, Mandal said, “With the ‘One Health’ approach, systems that monitor, prevent and improve human, animal, plant and environmental health. We will continue to take stronger steps to make Turkey a center of attraction for scientists from all over the world.” said.
Mentioning the activities to be carried out by TÜBİTAK within the scope of the Vision of the Century of Turkey, Mandal said that in line with the ‘2053 Net Zero Emission Target’, they will develop groundbreaking technologies locally that will meet the needs of the country for green development.
Stating that they will mobilize all resources to ensure that fundamental inventions that will change the world come out of the country, Mandal stated that they will make major investments in basic science fields and pioneering research that shape future technologies such as quantum, neuroscience, nanomaterials and nuclear fission.
Pointing out that they will use science diplomacy as a strategic tool to further strengthen the country’s position in the international system in the future, Mandal said:
“In the internationalization of science, technology, and innovation, we will position our researchers not only as a stakeholder participant but also as a coordinator and executives in global collaborations. We will implement this approach by expanding it to ensure a strong representation of our country in international decision-making mechanisms in addition to project-based networks. We will consolidate our position as the country that drives global trends in innovation.”