Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:43
Official: Iran Plans to Send 1-ton Satellite into Orbit by 2024
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Iran Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari announced plans to orbit satellites which weigh 1,000kg by 2024.

"We will be able to send 1,000-kg satellites to the orbit from 2022 to 2024," Barari said in an interview with the state TV on Sunday night.

He also revealed plans to send satellites into geostationary orbit, which is a circular orbit around 36,000 kilometers (22,320 miles) above the Earth's equator, noting that they will be carried by home-made Soroush satellite carrier.

"This step will start on 2024 and we hope to accomplish it by 2026," Barari said.

Barari had also on Saturday told FNA that his compatriot scientists and researchers had made great achievements in the field of space technology, adding that his country would send 4 home-made satellites into orbit in the next local calendar year (March 2020-March 2021).

He said Iranian researchers and scientists had made great accomplishments in the field of space and aeronautics, so much so that his country was among the top 5 countries of the world with a space station and among top 9 countries of the world in the field of designing and making satellites.

The official added that accordingly, Iran would launch 4 home-made satellites into the space in the next local calendar year of 1399 (March 21, 2020-March 20, 2021), explaining that "one satellite would be sent to the orbit in each season".

"These will include two satellites for measurement and imaging and two others for IT purposes," he added.

Barari underlined that the ISA is after contributing to Iran’s advancements and social welfare, reminding that satellites are like propelling engines for these goals.

Last Wednesday, Iranian Communication and IT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi announced that the country would send into the orbit its new home-made satellite, 'Zafar (Victory)', before February 11 (the 41st anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran).

"This satellite (Zafar) will be launched before February 11 and the related information will be declared transparently," Azari Jahromi told reporters in Tehran after a cabinet meeting.

He added that Zafar would be launched on the back of Simorq carrier, adding that a copy of Zafar has also been manufactured to be launched immediately if efforts to send the first satellite into the orbit fail.





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