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Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk meets Erdogan in Turkey

Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk meets Erdogan in Turkey”

Tesla founder met with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several top officials in Ankara.

Elon Musk, founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, speaks at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, U.S., July 19, 2017. The presidential office did not immediately provide details on meeting at Erdogan's palace complex.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told state-run Anadolu Agency that the two also talked about electric cars and sustainable energy.

President Erdogan urged for a joint venture vehicle project by TOBB and the Science, Industry and Technology Ministry, Turkey is going to create a special auto consortium, which will produce the eco-friendly modern auto with the excellent characteristics.

"Our friends made a decision to launch our satellites with the Falcon 9 rockets of Airbus' subcontractor, SpaceX", Arslan said at an event in Istanbul.

Turkish company Turksat signed the agreement with Airbus Defense and Space on Thursday for the production of Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B communications satellites. In October, Airbus (AIR.PA) submitted the best bid in a tender to build the Turkish satellites.

Musk's SpaceX plans a manned mission to Mars by 2024 and a rocket capable of carrying passengers from one continent to another in less than an hour.

Five automotive supplier firms - Anadolu Group, BMC, Kiraca Holding, Turkcell, and Zorlu Holding - will jointly manufacture Turkey's first auto, Erdogan said, adding that he expects the car's prototype will be ready in 2019, with sales to follow in 2021.



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