Website: http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/

TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) is the major RTD agency of Turkey, home for all Turkish FP7 National Contact points) and TUBITAK UZAY, “Space Technologies Research Institute” is one of TÜBİTAK's research and development units which was established in 1985. TUBITAK is the Turkish national delegate in the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
TÜBİTAK UZAY leads and takes part in R&D projects in space technologies, electronics, and information technologies TÜBİTAK UZAY, involved in satellite production since 2002, has acquired the capability and developed the facilities to be able to produce and operate satellite systems. TÜBİTAK UZAY has capabilities for design, analysis, production and verification phases of Satellite Attitude and Orbit Determination and Control Subsystem (orbit propagators and estimators, attitude estimators and controllers, real time software development infrastructure, system design infrastructure).
In addition to satellite design and manufacturing, TUBITAK UZAY has been operating also EO satellites.
Systems engineering as well as mission analysis and design activities for various projects and satellites for different missions and altitudes are carried out by the qualified satellite systems engineering team.
RASAT, the first Turkish Earth observation satellite designed and manufactured in TÜBİTAK UZAY has been successfully working in orbit since August 2011. TÜBİTAK UZAY has been establishing image processing centre, radiometric and geometric calibration centre to create digital terrain model of the country.
TÜBİTAK UZAY operates its satellites and has been working on web based portal development to disseminate RASAT data to different type of users.
TÜBİTAK UZAY has developed in house mission planning and data processing SWs, which receive tasking, calculates imaging opportunities and generates instruction sets for the satellites. Image processing SW automatically generates level2 images.

Main tasks:
Lead of WP9

TUBITAK has led the “Needs and capacities analysis” work package of the FP7 SEOCA project, which aimed at improving the collaboration between Central Asia and Europe in the development and application of Earth observation (EO) technologies. A project workshop was organized in 2010 in Ankara, coordinating all the CA countries and Turkish EO actors. TUBITAK UZAY’s experts and researchers have given several presentations about different aspects of Earth observation activities to build up EO capacities during the project.
TÜBİTAK UZAY has growing experience in international technology development projects. The Institute’s first satellite, BILSAT, was a technology transfer project carried out in cooperation with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). TÜBİTAK UZAY is currently leading work packages in FP7 programs, including: P2-ROTECT, a collaborative action entitled “Prediction, Protection and Reduction of OrbiTal Exposure to Collision Threats” (FP7-SPACE-2010-1); SEOCA, “GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Capacity Building in Central Asia” (FP7-ENV-2009-1); and leading the project COGSENSE, an International Reintegration Grant entitled “Cognitive and Cooperative Signal Processing Technologies for Remote Sensing Applications” (FP7-PEOPLE-2010-RG). There are two ongoing FP7-SPACE-2012 projects in the negotiations phase: GAMALINK-Generic SDR-bAsed Multifunctional spAce LINK and THOR- Innovative Thermal Management of High Temperature Structure.

Staff Members

  • Mr. Aziz Koru received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from METU in Ankara. Currently, he is working as Senior Researcher in Institutional Development Department Business Development Group of TUBITAK UZAY Space Technologies Research Institute. Formerly, he served as NCP and PC expert for the programmes “Space” and “Transport (including aeronautics)” for EU Seventh Framework Programme. He was actively taking part at several FP7-FP6 projects. Mr. Koru is a master student in the field of Geodesy and Geographic Information Technologies. His research interests are in the areas of navigation, satellite technologies, remote sensing and geographical information systems.
  • Mr. Can Bayraktar received a BSc degree in Business Administration from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 2005. After having worked at private sector for 3 years, he has been leading budgeting and reporting activities at TUBITAK UZAY for the last 2 years. Currently, Mr. Bayraktar is studying for a MSc degree on Science and Technology Policy Studies at Middle East Technical University, as well.
  • Dr.Burcu Dikmen (Ms) received a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU), MSc Degree in Management and Business Administration from Baskent University and PhD degree in Management and Business Administration in Ankara University. Currently, she is leading strategic management and business development activities at TBU. She has extensive experience on different scientific project coordination, dissemination and exploitation.
  • Ms. Hilal Ozen received a BSc degree in Geological Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1997. She did her MSc. on Land cover/Land use classification and RS/GIS integration titled “Per Field Image Classification for Agricultural Lands in the Integration of Remote Sensing and GIS” at Geodetic and Geographical Information Technologies at the same university in 2000. Her research interests include GIS analyses, satellite image processing, analysis and interpretation, field spectroscopy, RS/GIS integration, Land cover/Land use mapping, managing eodatabases, harmonizing geodata, seismic hazard assessment, change detection, environmental monitoring. She has been involved in a number of GIS and remote sensing projects since 1998, the findings of which appeared in national/international journals and conference proceedings. She has participated in two EU funded projects, FP6 project FORESIGHT (Frequent Observation Driven Realistic Evaluation and Simulation of Interacting Geophysical Hazard Triggers) and FP7 project SEOCA (GEO capacity building initiative in Central Asia). She has been working on remote sensing and geographical information systems in various institutes in TUBITAK since 1999. She is currently chief researcher in TUBITAK UZAY and leading an ESA sponsored project CONTROLS (Comparisons to Maintain Traceability for Optical Sensors Cal/Val).
  • Dr. Ufuk Sakarya received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1998 and 2002 respectively. During his M.Sc. thesis, he worked on constructing of surface topography from multiple images that are illuminated from different light source directions. He received his Ph.D. degree in electronics engineering from Ankara University in 2009. In his Ph.D. thesis, graph theoretic three video scene detection methods were proposed to detect high-level temporal video segments. He currently works at TÜBİTAK UZAY (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Space Technologies Research Institute) as a chief researcher. His main research topics are pattern recognition, computer vision, image and video processing. He has basically worked on the projects that are closely related with image and video processing. He was working in the related projects as project manager, system designer and software developer. He has worked as a chief researcher on the project of developing an automated firearms identification system called by “Balistika 2010”. He has also worked on the images of RASAT, which is the first Earth observation satellite built in Turkey.

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