Aviation Pioneers

Who is Selcuk Bayraktar ?

Selcuk Bayraktar was born as the middle child in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul in 1980. He is originally from Trabzon/Turkey. He has siblings named Haluk Bayraktar and Ahmet Bayraktar. His father is Özdemir Bayraktar, the owner of Baykar Machine.

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Who is Selcuk Bayraktar? – Bayraktar TB2

Selcuk Bayraktar’s Education life

Selcuk Bayraktar graduated from Robert College Istanbul in 1997. Later, he continued his undergraduate education at ITU Electronics and Communication Engineering Department. During his university education, he received an internship acceptance from the GRASP laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania. With the scholarship offer he received as part of his internship, he continued his graduate education in Upenn between 2002-2004. He earned a master’s degree in unmanned aircraft from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in robotic control systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At the same time, He continued as a research assistant as assistant to award-winning academic Prof. Dr.George Pappas.

Within the scope of his research, he carried out studies that were the subject of scientific publications on the formation flight experiments of UAVs, the coordination of air-ground robot teams, flight control and guidance systems for the first time in the world.

After completing his graduate education, he studied at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with a scholarship due to his achievements during his studies. During his doctoral education, he carried out studies in the field of automatic flight control algorithms that will give the Unmanned Helicopter Systems the ability to perform aggressive maneuvers.

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Bayraktar TB2

Selcuk Bayraktar’s career

He has been working as a technical manager (CTO) at Baykar Makina since 2007. The avionics system architecture, flight control, development of navigation algorithms, system kinematics and dynamics, electronic hardware and embedded software development, etc., of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems developed as National and Original within Baykar. works on issues.

Bayraktar, a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, fired the missile developed by the Roketsan company on December 17, 2015, and in the firing test carried out with 2 Roketsan MAM-L guided missiles loaded, it succeeded in hitting targets with 100% accuracy.


– Guidance and control system design of Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System, which broke Turkish National Aviation records

– The design of Bayraktar Mini UAV, which is the first Turkish National UAV to enter the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces

– Successful completion of the Missile firing with Bayraktar TB2 UAV System (Turkish Patent Institute Registration No: 2015 03023)

– Design of Turkey’s first rotary wing UAV System Malazgirt UAV