Iranian official: Several home-made satellites ready to launch

FNA – Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari announced that the country’s experts have built several new satellites, adding that they will be launched into the orbit soon.

“We hope that satellite Zafar will be ready by the end of this (Iranian) year (started on March 21) and we will pursue its launch next year,” Barari told FNA on Wednesday.

He added that satellite Dousti, developed by Sharif University of Technology, has gone through the process of compatibility with the launcher and is standing the launch permission, while satellite Payam, built by Amir Kabir University, and Nahid communication satellite are under the compatibility process and will be launched into the orbit after receiving necessary permissions.

Barari had announced last week that three domestically-made satellites were ready to be launched.

“Sharif University of Technology’s Dousti satellite, the sensing-operational satellite of Amirkabir University and a communication satellite named Nahid are ready to launch,” Barari said, addressing a meeting in Tehran last Sunday.

He also said that several other satellites were under construction, adding, “We have planned to build a sensing satellite with the precision of one meter by 2025.”

Iran in February 2017 unveiled two new home-made satellites of Nahid 1 and Amir Kabir as well as a space tug built for the first time in the country.

The three space crafts were unveiled in a ceremony participated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on the occasion of the Space Technology Day in Iran.

Nahid 1 is a telecommunication satellite built in the Iranian Space Research Center.

Payam-e Amir Kabir has been designed and built in Amir Kabir University of Technology and is capable of taking images with a precision better than 40 meters.

Meantime, Saman 1 space tug which has been manufactured for the first time in the country is used to transfer the satellites from Low Earth orbit (LEO) to higher-energy orbits.

Also, Head of Iran’s National Space Center Manouchehr Manteqi announced on Tuesday the country planned to cooperate with Russia in sending men into space for the first time.

“Because sending human being into space needs lots of expenses, and different countries use each other’s possibilities, and at present, Russia’s possibilities are almost complete, we have decided to do the mission in cooperation with Russia,” Manteqi told reporters in Tehran.

He also said that Iran ranked 11th in aerospace in the world, adding that the country stood 14th in 2016.

Iran has previously sent Simorgh satellite and Pajouhesh explorer into the orbit in recent years.

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