Commercial space leader Axiom Space and the government of Türkiye have signed a landmark agreement to send Turkey’s first astronaut into space. As part of Türkiye’s broader effort to expand space exploration and establish a national human space program, a Turkish astronaut will be trained by Axiom Space for a mission. future space research. Axiom Space will also enable Turkish science and research in microgravity.
Axiom Space, a US-based commercial space company currently building the world’s first commercial space station, is working with the TÜBİTAK Space Technology Research Institute (TÜBİTAK UZAY), under the supervision of leader of the Turkish Space Agency, Türkiye Uzay Ajansı (TUA) to enable this effort. The space flight agreement was officially signed during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Paris on September 19, 2022, with Axiom Space CEO Michael Suffredini, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey Mehmet Fatih Kacır, TUA President and Serdar Council President Hüseyin Yıldırım, TÜBITAK UZAY Director, Dr. Mesut Gökten, and others. Dr Mesut Gökten said: “As Turkey’s centenary draws near, we will celebrate this milestone by working to send Turkey’s first astronaut into space.” “This mission is part of Türkiye’s ambitious 10-year space roadmap, which includes missions to low Earth and Moon orbit as well as the development of viable satellite systems on a national scale. economic.” Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım said.
The astronaut selection process is managed by TÜBITAK UZAY with the support of Axiom Space, under the direction of the Turkish Space Agency on behalf of the Turkish government. Türkiye evaluates scientific experiments through an open referendum for research in orbit. Further discussions between Türkiye and Axiom Space are ongoing to finalize the mission schedule.
“Exploration is part of the human DNA and with this agreement between Axiom Space and the nation of Türkiye, we will train and fly the first Turkish astronaut and strengthen our commitment to use commercial space as a driver to expand the international community of space explorers,” said Michael Suffredini, Axiom Space`s President & CEO. “We are excited about Türkiye`s role as a partner in commercial space and look forward to deepening this relationship as we work together to expand scientific and technological development on Earth and in orbit.”
This partnership is the latest agreement between Axiom Space and a sovereign nation to expand human spaceflight capabilities worldwide. The previous signatories were Italy, Hungary and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Axiom Space is the commercial space industry`s only full-service orbital mission provider, conducting end-to-end crewed missions. Axiom`s broad range of services include training and flying private astronauts, access to training facilitates and instructors, hardware and safety certification, and operational on-orbit management. Candidates for flight complete Axiom`s rigorous training curriculum over many months in preparation to live and conduct meaningful work in space. The expert team at Axiom Space is helping nations and organizations build human spaceflight programs, develop astronaut selection programs, and provide the expertise needed to expand the international community of space explorers to a larger and more diverse representation of humanity.
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