The aim is to enable Bursa to become the technology and manufacturing base of Turkey in the fields of aerospace and defense thanks to its significant technical infrastructure in the automotive main and sub industries and the machinery industry, culture of co-operation and human resources.
Thus, the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry initiated Bursa Aerospace and Defense Cluster activities with 76 companies in order to realize important projects such as manufacturing of civilian and sport aircrafts, unmanned aerial vehicles, communication and intelligence satellites. In this context, applications have been submitted to the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology for the clustering grant and to the Ministry of Economy for the Development of International Competitiveness Project. Another activity of the Gökmen Project is to increase the awareness of the youth on space and aviation. In this context, Işıklar Fest was organized in co-operation with the Işıklar Military High School which attracted tens of thousands of people. In addition, world famous French astronaut Patrick Baudry and Turkish astrophysicist Umut Yıldız working at NASA met with the students.
The efforts are continuing to establish a Gökmen Space Training Center with the support of TÜBİTAK and the co-operation of the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality. In this context, as per a memorandum of understanding signed the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology is transferring a fund of 52 million TL for the Gökmen Project via TÜBİTAK.
BTSO is establishing space and aviation departments in the vocational high schools and special camps and clubs in co-operation with the Ministry of National Education. Thus, the BTSO aims at having the Gökmen of Turkey from Bursa by opening new horizons of the children and the young people.