Turkey is negotiating with Russia and Somalia because it is sticking to its goal of launching a rocket to the moon.
Turkish space agency leader Serdar Huseyin Yildirim told the news agency that Turkey is in talks with Russia and Somalia over its billion-dollar U.S. efforts to expand its space exploration program.
“We could work with Russia in many areas, on the spaceport, on rocket engines. We discussed the possibility of Russia providing assistance in building our space port. They have extensive experience in this area, both on launch pads and on spaceports, ”Yildirim said.
In February, it was announced that Turkey was considering building a space port in Somalia as part of its attempts to launch into space.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the efforts were in an attempt to make a “difficult” landing on the Moon in 2023, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.
This mission would provide Turkish scientists with a practice for soft landing in 2028 and later scientific research.
Yildirim said Turkey was in talks with the Space Earth Infrastructure Center, a subsidiary of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. More complex planning would begin next year, once the spaceport is finalized.
The Turkish Space Agency was launched in December 2018 and has already made great circles. Last year, the agency announced rocket testing, and plans to send a Turkish astronaut to the International Space Station, and launch satellites to set up Turkey’s global positioning system.
Last year, Yildirim said the agency was working on nearly 30 projects, and had talked with about 20 countries about possible space co-operation, including Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Japan, China, Pakistan, India and Azerbaijan.