Iran lines up satellite launches next year

Tehran, May 28, IRNA – Three Iranian remote-sensing satellites of Zafar, Tolou and AutSat are slated for launch using Simorgh Launcher in the coming year (to start March 21, 2015), deputy head of Iran Space Agency said on Wednesday. The satellites are designed to gather data from the environment and forecast natural disasters.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of closing ceremony of International Workshop on Management of Space Programs in Iran Space Research Center, Hamid Fazeli said that the three satellites are capable of taking photographs for monitoring the earth.

Pars Satellite is another Iranian remote-sensing satellite which will be launched into space within the next years, he pointed out.

Asia ranks first in natural disasters, he said, noting that now most of the countriesˈ needs in the field of satellite imageries through remote-sensing satellites are met through mutual cooperation.

The satellites can provide more accurate images from the earth in times of natural disasters such as flooding, tsunami and arson, he said, while comment of the applications of images of the satellites.

As to the International Workshop on Management of Space Programs, Fazeli said that the event provided a suitable opportunity for presenting Iranˈs capabilities and capacities among the member states of Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization.

Experts from the member states of Asia-Pacific Space cooperation organization were present in the international workshop held in Tehran from May 17-28.



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