The first Turkish astronaut, Alper Gezeravci, will visit Azerbaijan, Chairman of the Board of Azerbaijan’s Azercosmos Space Agency Samaddin Asadov told reporters.

He noted that Turkic states have established active connections in the field of space technology to exchange experiences, implement joint projects, and combat the negative consequences of climate change.

He noted that space agencies in Turkic-speaking countries are discussing a project for the joint development of a small satellite called CubeSat as well as the creation of a unified research platform in the space sphere.

“This platform will provide access to the knowledge accumulated by our countries in the space sphere. Scientists and experts will be able to use this platform,” Asadov said.

Besides, according to him, establishing close ties within the Organization of Turkic States will also increase the efficiency of using space technologies for data collection in the environmental sphere, which is a significant issue.

Speaking about cooperation with Türkiye, the chairman of Azercosmos noted that relations between the two fraternal countries are successfully developing in all directions, including in the space sphere.

He remarked that last year, an agreement was reached at the Baku International Astronautical Congress on the venue for the next congress.

“With the active support of the Azerbaijani side, it was decided to hold the congress in 2026 in the Turkish city of Antalya. Our country has extensive experience organizing such events and is ready to share it,” Asadov said.

At the same time, he emphasized that Azerbaijan is interested in studying Türkiye’s experience in the space sphere.

“We are ready for the visit to Azerbaijan of the first Turkish astronaut, Alper Gezeravci, who carried out a flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Our specialists are interested in the scientific experiments conducted by him as part of the space mission,” the agency’s head added.

To note, Gezeravci flew to the ISS by taking part in a special space flight on January 18, 2024.