The chief executive officer of American aerospace company Space X arrived in Turkey on Wednesday to discuss the launch of two new Turkish satellites, the presidential spokesman said.
The meeting took place at the presidential palace complex in Ankara.
Turkey's TÜRKSAT 5A and 5B satellites will be launched by US billionaire Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Turkish Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said Thursday. Tesla founder has enormous experience in auto projects, so, his advice and unbiased point of view would be precious for the Turkish entrepreneurs.
It came days after a consortium of five Turkish businesses, including mobile phone operator Turkcell, launched a joint venture to design and produce a Turkish-made vehicle. Ankara's plans also include an option for electromobiles, and Musk could certainly help Turkish engineers, given his experience with Tesla.
Five automotive supplier firms - Anadolu Group, BMC, Kiraca Holding, Turkcell, and Zorlu Holding - will jointly manufacture Turkey's first vehicle, Erdogan said, adding that he expects the car's prototype will be ready in 2019, with sales to follow in 2021.
The Turkish leader said that the initiative group of Turkey's automobile will decide on the class, design, engine technology, model, production method and market targets for the vehicle. Earlier this month, however, the Turkish president announced the start of a project for the production of a "domestic car", developed and produced entirely in Turkey.