Turkey: The Turkish government has launched a new geoportal named Gezgin Geoportal. The portal is going to offer a detailed image of the nation’s landscape by the indigenous RASAT satellite.
Fikri Işık, Science, Industry and Technology Minister, said, “At a time when the world is becoming increasingly smaller and when everywhere is being observed like a BBG [the abbreviation of the Turkish version of the Big Brother television show] house ; information, informatics and surveillance have become important in the world.” It is an irrefutable truth that we need space technology both for our security and development plans, he added.
The geoportal launch was organized at TÜBİTAK UZAY, the Space Technologies Research Institute of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), inside the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) campus.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News