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Home-Made Carriers to Take 2 Iranian Satellites into Space by Yearend

12 July 2016 17:08

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Director of Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Mohsen Bahrami announced the country’s plans to send one or two satellites into the orbit using home-made rockets by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20).

“Three satellites of Nahid 1 (Venus 1), Amir Kabir and Dousti (Friendship) are ready for launch and we will surely send one or two satellites into the orbit by the yearend,” Bahrami told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

“The contract for the launch has been inked and sending Nahid 1 on the back of an indigenized satellite carrier is our priority,” he added.

In relevant remarks in March, Bahrami said the country is planning to launch its “Friendship” telecommunication satellite into orbit later this year.

“The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has once again decided to resume the national space program. Iran’s return to its global position in the aerospace industry is legitimate and a correct move,” he added.

According to Bahrami, the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers paved the way for greater cooperation with other nations in the aerospace industry, which is needed to expand and modernize the Iranian aerospace industry.

Also earlier this year, Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi said Iran is planning to launch two national remote sensing and telecommunication satellites by 2025.

“The telecommunication satellite will be put into orbit by a domestically developed launcher and carrier, Vaezi said.

“Indigenization of space technologies is the main focus of the Iranian Space Agency,” the minister noted.

Also, Vaezi said high on the agenda would be cooperation with major global partners active in the aerospace industry to supply components required for the manufacturing of the satellites and initial talks have already being held.

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