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In the middle of the row between Turkey and the United States, part of which revolves around Turkey’s selection of a Russian air defence system, the S-400, Russia’s state-owned Rostec has upped the ante by announcing, on 15 August, it is “ready to assist Turkey in space agency development.”

TURKSAT-4A, a communications satellite, was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in February 2014 with assistance from Rosoboronexport, a Rostec company. Several of the corporations constituent organisations are active in space industry development and the maturing of advanced technologies in various areas of space exploration: the engines manufactured by UEC put SOYUZ carrier rockets into orbit; Technodinamika produces life support systems for pilots and astronauts, including the ORLAN-MKS space suit and the latest ‘space’ parachute system; optical devices designed by Shvabe sense the earth's surface from satellites, and are also used in the largest observatories in the world; RT-Chemcomposite creates unique composite materials that can withstand ultra-high temperatures and heavy loads.

In addition, through Rosoboronexport and in the interests of foreign customers, Russian aerospace industry enterprises create and launch spacecraft for various purposes, make ground control complexes, complexes for receiving and processing data from satellites, and provide foreign partners with maps created based on space images. Specialists from partner countries learn how to carry out thematic processing and analysis of data obtained by remote sensing of Earth, with support from Rosoboronexport, which has assisted in placing more than 30 spacecraft from 14 nations into orbit.

Rostec and its Turkish partners have had a mutually beneficial relationship in various industries for a long time. We certainly welcome our partners' intent to develop the space industry,” commented  Rostec’s Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department, Viktor Kladov. “Rostec has a wide range of competences and extensive expertise in developing the space industry,
and we are ready to expand and strengthen cooperation in this sphere.”

The ORLAN space suite is just one of several areas in which Rostec has suggested Russia could provide assistance to Turkey’s space programme. (Image via Wikipedia Commons)

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