Turkey’s first space radiation test facility was inaugurated in the capital Ankara on Thursday.

Middle East Technical University (METU) Defocusing Beam Line aims to reduce Turkey’s dependency on foreign satellite, space and aerospace technologies.

The facility will test the components and materials used in space against the effects of particle radiation in space.

Radiation in space can shorten the service span of satellites or make them inoperable altogether.

Using European Space Agency (ESA) standards, the facility can test solar cells, lithium ion batteries and multilayer insulation blankets produced in Turkey to be used in the country’s IMECE satellite.

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