Throughout history, space technologies and space have been one of mankind’s greatest passions. Space engineering, cosmology, communication, impulse and applications of next generation computer systems, instant analysis of hyperspectral data obtained from space are among the disciplines that maintain their currentity and importance. For centuries, human beings have observed space and tried to explain the movements of the objects in space through mathematical and physical models. Some of the quite important advances on this path were the introduction of the laws of the German scientist J. Kepler at the beginning of the 17th century explaining the movement of the planets around the Sun, the formulation of the famous rocket equation by K. Tsiolkovsky, the phenomenon of Redshift in 1929 by E. Hubble and the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation. Laws and theories obtained from experimental data will continue to be used in the production of advanced propulsion systems of rockets and jets in space technologies, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and all related applications.
It was possible for human beings to go to space only through technological and scientific developments in the 20th century. In 1961, only 58 years after the Wright brothers had flown the first plane, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to be launched into space. From that day to the present, human beings have set foot on the moon, sent spacecraft to other planets and built low-orbiting space stations around earth. Today, CFD’s applications, sensor technologies, distributed stiffness, flow control, structural analysis, wing structure, nuclear-powered rocket propulsion, Boom technologies and computer and electronic technologies that are a prerequisite for these technologies, are active research and development issues involving all supersonic and hypersonic aircraft, including modern spacecraft.
All these can be achieved through the development of astronautical engineering departments capable of training engineers, scientists and R & D teams that specialize in these complex processes. Among these complex processes are the steps such as giving the objects sufficient thrust so that they can escape the gravitational field of earth, designing the spacecraft power systems, designing the sensors working both in space and on the ground, placing the object in the desired trajectory, installing the communication system of spacecraft and automating each of these steps using modern computer technologies.
As the University of Turkish Aeronautical Association our goals are to provide the Turkey’s need of qualified human power and R&D staff in the field of astronautical engineering; to support large-scale research projects established with international cooperation and open to cooperation; to train the personnel who will work as senior manager, module designer, expert or project manager in these projects; and to meet the need for large-scale National Research Center.
Our Department aims to be a modern department in which engineers, scientists and R&D learders play active role in both the process and control of the spacecraft from the first screw to the removal of the camera cover before launch on the road towards a future that Turkey develops its own space vehicles and sends them into space by themselves.