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TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute

TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute
TÜBİTAK Uzay Teknolojileri Araştırma Enstitüsü
Abbreviation TÜBİTAK UZAY
Predecessor Ankara Electronics Research and Development Institute
Formation 1985
Type GO
Purpose Space technology
Director Tamer Beşer
Parent organization Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)
Staff 269
Website //root/tr/
Formerly called Ankara Electronics Research and Development Institute
Ankara Elektronik Araştırma Geliştirme Enstitüsü

TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute (Turkish: TÜBİTAK Uzay Teknolojileri Araştırma Enstitüsü), TÜBİTAK UZAY for short, is a Turkish institution carrying out research and development projects on space technology, electronics, information technology and related fields. It was established in 1985 under the name "Ankara Electronics Research and Development Institute" within the campus of Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in cooperation with the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu, TÜBİTAK) and the university in Ankara.[1] In 1995, the organization was renamed. Since 1998, the institute houses in its new building in the campus.

TÜBİTAK UZAY specializes in space technologies, electronics, information technologies and related fields, keeping abreast of latest technological developments. The institute leads and takes part in R&D projects, aiming at having a pioneering role in the national research community, and assisting the industry in solving technical problems encountered during system design, selection and use, product development and manufacturing in abovementioned specialization areas.

TÜBİTAK UZAY gives special emphasis on developing capability on small satellite design, manufacturing and test, leading Turkish Space Program together with Turkish Aerospace Industries with Turkish Satellite Assembly, Integration and Test Center and initiating international collaboration in space technologies.

Turkey plans to build spaceport for launches of own space vehicles.[2]


  • Research Areas 1
  • Affiliations 2
  • Mission and Vision 3
    • Mission of the Institute 3.1
    • Vision of the Institute 3.2
  • Quality Policy 4
    • TÜBİTAK UZAY Quality Policy 4.1
  • Former directors 5
    • Institute directors 5.1
    • Technical administrative directors 5.2
    • Institute deputy directors 5.3
  • Uzay in Numbers 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Research Areas

TÜBİTAK UZAY conducts its research and development activities in the following areas with a total of 235 staff members, out of which 151 are researchers and technical support personnel.


TÜBİTAK UZAY is member of following institutions:[3]

Mission and Vision

Mission of the Institute

TÜBİTAK UZAY's mission is, generating knowledge and technology for transforming and improving the technology base of domestic industry in space technologies, information technologies and electronics; guiding the sector and increasing public awareness in its field of operation. While conducting these studies, TÜBİTAK UZAY:

  • Considers national priorities,
  • Generates customer satisfaction via cost-effective and practicable projects,
  • Combines the skills of academia and public and private sectors,
  • Effectively participates in international projects."

Vision of the Institute

TÜBİTAK UZAY's vision is: To become a pioneer, effective and influential center of attraction on a national and international level through realizing R&D projects in accordance with national priorities in space technologies, information technologies and electronics research areas.

Quality Policy

TÜBİTAK UZAY has the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System certificate since 7 December 2000. Quality policy of TÜBİTAK UZAY is determined in accordance with its mission, vision and range of activities.

TÜBİTAK UZAY Quality Policy

Taking the benefit of the society, the national policies of science and technology and advancements in the world into consideration.

TÜBİTAK UZAY's quality policy is based on:

  • Realizing projects with scientific methods and effective usage of proper and new technologies;
  • Achieving customer satisfaction in these projects;
  • Ensuring institutional development of the institute with the notion of continuous improvement.

Former directors

Institute directors

From To Name
02.01.1986 25.02.1988 Prof. Dr. Ayhan Türeli
26.02.1988 31.03.1988 Prof. Dr. Murat Aşkar (On behalf of)
01.04.1988 16.09.1988 Prof. Dr. Murat Aşkar
01.10.1988 23.11.1990 Prof. Dr. Hasan Güran
28.11.1990 27.11.1994 Prof. Dr. Ayhan Türeli
28.11.1994 30.11.1994 Prof. Dr. Mete Severcan (On behalf of)
01.12.1994 15.02.2002 Prof. Dr. Murat Aşkar
16.02.2002 27.07.2004 Prof. Dr. Erol Kocaoğlan
09.08.2004 06.10.2006 Dr. Uğur Murat Leloğlu (On behalf of)
07.10.2006 - Dr. Uğur Murat Leloğlu

Technical administrative directors

From To Name
1985 31.08.1988 Prof. Dr. Rüyal Ergül
01.09.1988 01.09.1990 Prof. Dr. Arif Ertaş
25.12.1990 01.01.1995 Prof. Dr. Mete Severcan
02.01.1995 01.01.1996 Prof. Dr. Bülent Ertan
02.01.1996 01.02.2000 Ass. Prof. Dr. Yıldız Arıkan
06.03.2000 05.06.2004 Ass. Prof. Dr. Gülbin Dural
06.06.2004 07.10.2006 Dr. Uğur Murat Leloğlu
22.01.2007 - M.Sc. Erol Tunalı (On behalf of)

Institute deputy directors

From To Name
12.06.1997 13.05.1999 Murat Doğan
14.05.1999 06.12.1999 F. Cihan Kurgan (On behalf of)
07.12.1999 13.01.2000 Metin Afşar
14.01.2000 14.02.2000 F. Cihan Kurgan (On behalf of)
15.02.2000 09.06.2002 F. Cihan Kurgan
10.06.2002 07.03.2005 Fikret Yalçınkaya (On behalf of)
08.03.2005 13.07.2006 Fikret Yalçınkaya
14.07.2006 - Arda Bülbül (On behalf of)

Uzay in Numbers

Professional Background of Personnel at TÜBİTAK UZAY
Electrical and Electronic Engineer 133
Computer Engineer 22
Industrial Engineer 7
Other Researchers 34
Technicians 37
Support Staff 43
Part Time Employee 13

Educational Background of Researchers
Under Graduate 54
Graduate 91
Ph.D. 27


  1. ^ "Hakkımızda-Genel Bilgiler" (in Turkish). TÜBİTAK UZAY. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  2. ^ Turkey plans to build spaceport
  3. ^ "Hakkımızda-Üyelikler" (in Turkish). TÜBİTAK UZAY. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 

External links

  • Official website (English)
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