The announcement was made in August 2020 for the Rubidium-based atomic clock project, which the Turkish Space Agency and TÜBİTAK National Metrology Institute (Ulusal Metroloji Enstitü/ UME) plan to run together. According to the statement, the laboratory-type atomic clock production developed by TÜBİTAK UME was completed and the cooperation protocol with the Space Agency for the integration of the watch into space was signed on September 28, 2020.
Developed as a domestic and cost-effective solution, the watch will be sent into space and tested in real environment after being made suitable for space.
Thanks to atomic clocks used to prevent time deviation in areas where gravity is low, the national positioning system will be able to obtain much more precise location information.
TÜBIİTAK UME has also launched its Strontium-based optical atomic clock project. The watch is supposed to measure at a deviation of less than 1 second in 1 billion years.