Iran plans to launch three satellites into space
Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Mohsen Bahrami says the country is planning to send three home-made satellites into space.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday on the occasion of World Space Week, Bahrami said Sharif Sat would be put into orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2017).
He added that Amirkabir and Nahid I satellites would be put into space during the next Iranian calendar year.
The ISA chief noted that Sharif Sat is a remote-sensing satellite and Nahid I is a communications satellites.
He further stated that the preparation process for domestically-manufactured Sadr satellite is also underway.
Iran successfully placed into orbit the domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite in February, 2015 which is capable of staying in the space for 1.5 years while taking and transmitting high-quality and accurate pictures to stations on earth.
Fajr satellite is technically characterized by an orbit which could promote from 250 to 450 kilometers through a thruster or an engine.
It is the new generation of Omid (Hope) satellite, which was designed and manufactured by Iranian experts in 2009.
Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid, in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into the space in February 2010, using Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.
The country is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.