Erdogan reaches for the stars
Turkey's president Recep Erdogan is reaching for the stars. By 2023, when the centenary of Turkish Republic will be celebrated, he wants to send a Turkish probe to the moon - and a Turk into orbit. The ambitious plans are intended to make it clear to the world how progressive Turkey has become under Erdogan's leadership.
Published: February 11, 2021, 10:11 am
The Muslim NATO country wants to play in the really big league with Russia, the USA, China and India. Turkey established the Turkish Space Agency, or TUA, in 2018.
But if Erdogan counts the number of components Turkey is able to manufacture itself for his ambitious space plans, the result will be a sobering one. Because the number would be exactly zero. Every component that is supposed to transport a Turkish flag to the moon and a Turkish citizen into space must be bought by Turkey in exchange for foreign currency. Turkish companies cannot produce any of these on their own. At best, licensed manufacture based on foreign specifications would be possible, but that would be expensive too.
There is no such thing as a highly developed Turkish aerospace industry. Turks may be used to manufacturing technically demanding products, such as motor vehicles and especially buses, which are produced quite successfully for Toyota, MAN, Daimler, Ford, Fiat and Renault at several locations in Turkey. But these six foreign companies are really present in the country because they appreciate the low wage level in Turkey and the fact that they are not harassed by unions.
There are four Turkish automobile manufacturers: Tofas, Karsan, Temsa and BMC. And it is no coincidence that many have never heard of these brands: It is because these companies do not have a single competitive car on the international market. However, Temsa and BMC are now producing very useful buses for local public transport, which they have designed based on foreign templates. But they will not take anyone to the moon.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
The debate around rising Islamo-leftism in France gives the impression of gigantic amateurism, while testimonies accumulate in the press on the growing racial divide happening in universities in the country. Germany will not spared either.
CopenhagenDanish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has warned that the Coronavirus was here to stay. She sees a bright future for vaccine sales globally. Over 206 million vaccine doses have already been dispensed and American pharma giant Pfizer has projected a profit of 15 billion for 2021. It is a very lucrative start for the Covid Industrial Complex.
ViennaAn overwhelming majority of young women in Europe avoid certain places or neighbourhoods for fear of being assaulted or harassed, according to a European report published on Friday.
BerlinLeft-wing extremist groups in Germany are subsidized by the state. Every now and then, the real extent of this phenomenon is expressed in numbers: For example, in 2018 an AfD inquiry to the federal government revealed some hard facts.
ParisA few days ago, the French Ministry of the Interior notified Génération Identitaire of their dissolution. They now have 10 days to respond in order to avoid it. Why this dissolution? Thaïs d'Escufon responded to the threat.
Schorndorf An AfD information booth in Schorndorf became a crime scene on Saturday. At around 9:45 am, Landtag candidate Stephan Schwarz was attacked by a mob from the left-wing extremist group Antifa. He was brought to the ground and beaten all over his body with sticks and kicked.
BerlinA political quarrel should end because the means to solve it is provided by law. Health has nothing to do with it - at least one should hope so. But the case of an AfD candidate in the Bundestag in Baden-Württemberg has raised serious doubt.
TrappesIn France, a teacher received death threats after warning of the growing influence of Islamism in the country. The philosophy teacher Didier Lemaire says he is now under police protection, reported the AFP news agency. The Versailles prosecutor said they were investigating the threats.
LeipzigThe Leipzig communication scientist Christian Hoffmann confirmed that German journalism has a left-wing bias. "A clear majority of journalists are positioned to the left of the centre," Hofmann told a Swiss daily.
The HagueThe National Counterterrorism and Security Coordinator (NCTV) is concerned about the rise of the influence of the Turkish leader among Dutch people of Turkish origin. In an internal memo that HP/De Tijd has in its possession, the NCTV reported that Turkish President Erdogan is implementing a strategy of conscious Islamization in the Netherlands.