Deputy Head of Iran’s Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli expressed hope that the country would launch a satellite into space by late January.
‘Sharif Sat’ built by Iranian experts at Sharif Poly Technique University, Fajr (Dawn) and Tadbir (Wisdom) satellites are ready to be sent into space.
He further noted that ‘Sharif Sat’ and ‘Fajr’ satellites are top priorities to be launched by late January.
Fazeli also noted that Nahid (Venus) satellite would be sent into space soon.
In July, the ISA formulated a 10-year strategic plan which incorporates three main sections, including sending humans as well as telecommunications and remote sensing satellites into space.
Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into 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.