The deputy director of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) has announced Iran’s ultimate goal as building indigenous satellites parallel to foreign models and placing them into geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) within ten years.
Mohammad Homayoun Sadr, Deputy Director of ISA, who was speaking to the press on Monday June 20, said that the satellites had been currently built and launched by Iran as mere experiments in space technology, and as nascent Iranian ventures into space.
“We seek to launch to home-made geosynchronous satellites into orbit by the year 2025,” he stated.
“A 10-year plan has been put on the agenda for the construction of two remote sensing and telecommunications satellites; the remote sensing device aims to localize a satellite capable of producing professional high precision images, while the telecommunication satellite seeks to be a world-class satellite, an objective which will be hopefully achieved by the year 2025.”
Sadr proposed the possibility of test-launching prototype satellites before the ultimate products. “A remote sensing satellite will be launched into space in the current year while one or two more satellites will be launched next year (starting March 21, 2017), which will help us to maintain and improve the status achieved by keeping a satellite in the orbit for more than a few months,” he asserted.
“As the next step, we need to put satellites into higher altitudes in order to capture more precise imaging.”