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Iranian Satellites


  
Unknown (failed precursor of Omid !)



Omid
Dimensions: mass 27 kg



Rasad (MUT)
Dimensions: mass 15 kg



Navid-ST (IUST)
Dimensions: 55 x 60 x 50 cm; mass 50 kg
Remote sensing



Fajr-1 (Sa-Iran)
Dimensions: mass 60...65 kg; with extra cold gas propulsion
Remote sensing



Fajr-2 (Sa-Iran)
Dimensions: mass 50 kg; with extra cold gas propulsion
Remote sensing


   
Fajr-3 (Sa-Iran)
Dimensions: 49 x 35 cm; mass 52 kg; with extra cold gas propulsion
Remote sensing


Fajr-4 ?


         
SRISAT (ISRC)
Dimensions: 480 x 490 x 610 cm; mass 47 kg ?
GPS Test-Satellite



Nahid-2
Dimensions: 64 x 64 cm; 100 kg class
Telecommunication


Nahid-1 #1 (ISRC)
Dimensions: mass 55 kg
Telecommunication


Nahid-1 #2 (ISRC)
Dimensions: mass 55 kg
Telecommunication


Doosti (SUT)
Dimensions: mass 52 kg
Remote sensing

   
Toloo (Sa-Iran)
Mass 80...100 kg


SharifSat (SUT)
Dimensions: mass 50 kg class
Remote sensing


      
Payam-e-AmirKabir (AUT)
Dimensions: mass 100 kg
Remote sensing



Zafar-1 & 2 (IUST)
Dimensions: mass 113 kg
Remote sensing



Tadbir (IUST)
Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 74 cm; mass 50 kg



Khalij Fars (MUT)


            
Soha
Dimension: mass ~150 kg; with extra cold gas tank
Remote sensing



Pars-1 ? (ISRC)


Geostationary communication satellite "IranSat"


                       
             
Some small unknown satellites


The endless story of press statements:

TEHRAN, 2020, Jan. 18 -- Jahromi: Zafar 1 & 2 have succesfully passed tests and will be transferred to the Space Launch Center today to undergo the process of being put into orbit, soon.
Jahromi: Zafar satellite will be launched before February 11. Mentions two copies of Zafar exist so that in case of failure the second one can be launched rapidly.

TEHRAN, 2019 Oct. 05
-- Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari announced that his country will launch 3 cube satellites into the orbit in the near future.
"In this (Iranian) year three satellites will be ready in the next three months. Two launchers will be prepared in the next few months and we want to launch three cubesats too in addition to the launcher," Barari told reporters in Tehran on the occasion of the World Space Week.
"This (Iranian) year, we have three satellites and it was decided that two samples of Zafar satellite be ready and the scientists are preparing the Pars-1 satellite and a remote sensing satellite with the precision of 15 meters," he added.
Barari underlined that Nahid-1 satellite has been built and will be sent into the 250-km orbit, noting that manufacturing two new satellites will be on Iran's agenda next (Iranian) year.


TEHRAN, 2019, July 31 -- Iran's Information Technology and Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Jahromi Azari says the country's communication satellite Nahid-1 will be ready for launch in two weeks.
He told reporters in Tehran on  July 31 that his Ministry will deliver the satellite to the Defense Ministry in
two weeks. Jahromi said that the defects that led to the abortion of the launch twice in February 2019 have been corrected.

TEHRAN, 2019, May 04 –
Iran University of Science and Technology president has said the university has planned to deliver Zafar satellite to Iranian Space Agency on September. Zafar is designed by experts at research center of university and it weighs 90 kilograms and is equipped with color cameras.

TEHRAN, 2019, April 09 –
President of Iran's Space Research Center (SRI) Hossein Samimi announced that Nahid-1 and Nahid-2 telecommunication satellites besides Pars-1 remote-sensing satellite are to be prepared for being launched by the current Iranian yearend.
As he informed Nahid-1 will be ready to be launched into the orbit by mid-June, Pars-1 will get ready by mid-January, 2020 and Nahid-2 by March, 2020.
TEHRAN, 2019, Febr. 16 -- Doosti unit 2
satellite to be launch in the coming weeks, Azari Jahromi said !

TEHRAN, 2019, January 29 --
Speaking at a conference on “space technology and its applications”, Azari Jahromi said the Dousti satellite, manufactured by the Sharif University of Technology, will be launched soon.He added that according to experts at the Iran University of Science and Technology, another satellite named “Zafar”, set to be put into the 500-600 km orbit, will be delivered by September (with Simorgh).

TEHRAN, 2019, Jan. 10 -- Rouhani says that Iran will send 2 satellites to orbit in the coming weeks. Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said on January 07 that Iran had successfully made preparations for the launch of two satellites namely Payam and Doosti.

THERAN, 2018, Nov. 29 --
In the coming few months, Iran will send three satellites to the space, said the deputy defense minister.

TEHRAN, 2018, Aug. 01 -- Head of the Iranian Space Agency Morteza Barari said that the country will launch a new sensing-operational satellite named Payam-e Amir Kabir into the orbit in future.
He noted that the satellite will be launched to an orbit higher than 500km above the Earth and will stay in the space for two years.
Payam-e Amir Kabir has been designed and built in Amir Kabir University of Technology and is capable of taking images with a precision better than 40 meters.


TEHRAN, 2017, October -- During a press conference marking World Space Week, the head of the Iran Space Agency (ISA), Mohsen Bahrami, provided an update to the status of the five indigenously built satellites awaiting launch in Iran. The satellites (Doosti, Amir Kabir, Nahid-1, Zafar and Pars-1) are all “on the agenda and their launch contracts have been signed.”
Designed and built by the Sharif University, the Doosti satellite is fully complete and only awaits a launch date. Designed to engage in remote sensing activity, it is a micro-sized satellite that weighs 50kg. Built by the ISA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory, Doosti has long been assumed to be the first payload of the Simorgh SLV, and the successful test of the SLV in July may indicate Doosti will be ready for launch sooner than originally thought. The satellite’s launch has been delayed multiple times, and has been ready for launch for over a year.
The Amir Kabir and Nahid-1 satellites are in the final stages of their development, with both flight and engineering models near completion. The Amir Kabir will be a remote sensing satellite weighing 70-80kg, and have a predicted resolution of about 80 metres. The satellite will be used primarily to provide post-disaster relief information for incidents such as earthquakes. The Nahid-1 is a communications satellite originally scheduled for launch in 2012. The satellite will weigh approximately 55kg and operate in the Ku-band. Further information on who Iran has signed launch contracts with for each satellite has not yet become available.
Development and design of the Zafar satellite is still underway by Iran University of Science and Technology, and is projected to be completed by the end of the Persian calendar year – March 2018. The remote sensing satellite is intended to provide meteorological and water boundary mapping data. The entity that has signed its launch contract, which would not be executed for several more years, has not yet been made available.
The newest of the Iranian satellite initiatives, the Pars-1, is still in the conceptual phase, with design and construction elements just beginning under a consortium of Iranian universities across the country. The satellite will likely be used for remote sensing.

TEHRAN, 2017, May 28 --
Head of Iran Space Research Center Hassan Haddadpour announced that the country will orbit a new sensing-operational satellite, named Soha, next year.
Elaborating on the satellite's capabilities, he said that it can detect objects with the resolution of 15m and will be deployed in the
36,000-km orbit (?).
The Doosti satellite will be launched at first and Nahid-1 telecommunication satellite will be launched afterwards, Haddadpour added.


TEHRAN, 2017, May 07
– Iran's Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi has announced that two new satellites, dubbed Nahid-1 and Payam-e-AmirKabir, are ready to be launched into orbit within the next few months.

TEHRAN, 2017, May 01
- Iran is planning to launch Nahid-2 telecommunication satellite in the next Persian year (with Simorgh launcher !).
Nahid-2 is the advanced version of Nahid-1. The three main features of Nahid-1 are 3-axes stabilization, telecommunication technology and benefiting from a solar panel.
For Nahid-2, the data from Nahid-1 satellite will be consolidated and the 3-axes stabilization will be enhanced. Nahid-2 satellite has a propulsion system installed. Nahid-2 weighs 100 kilograms and has a dimension of 64×64 centimeters and will be placed in the geosynchronous orbit. This telecommunication satellite will benefit from solar cells and lithium-ion batteries.

TEHRAN, 2016, Nov. 21
--The satellite Tadbir  of the Science and Technology University has been transferred to the Iranian Space Agency (ISA).
The satellite is waiting for launch considering the type of launcher that the authorities will decide to use for sending it into the orbit. The exact date for its launching is still undecided.

TEHRAN, 2016, Oct. 04 -- Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Mohsen Bahrami says the country is planning to send three home-made satellites into space. SharifSat would be put into orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2017). AmirKabir and Nahid-1 satellites would be put into space during the next Iranian calendar year. SharifSat is a remote-sensing satellite and Nahid-1 is a communications satellites.

TEHRAN, 2016, May 10 --
Iranian Space Organization director Mohsen Bahrami announced that the organization will launch the indigenous Mesbah satellite into orbit in the near future, saying that a new version of the satellite is also under construction.
Addressing a specialized meeting of high-ranking officials of the organization, Bahrami said the
Mesbah-2 and Nahid satellites are under construction.
Referring to achievements in the fields of satellite and satellite carrier, Bahrami announced that
Amir Kabir, Zafar and Doosti are three other satellites which are also under construction and will be soon sent to the space.

TEHRAN, 2016, March 24 --
Director of Iranian Space Agency Mohsen Bahrami said the country is planning to launch its Doosti telecommunication satellite into orbit later this year.

BAKU, 2016, March 05 --
Iran has got its latest locally developed satellite, named Doosti, ready to be launched into orbit, an Iranian senior official said.

TEHRAN, 2015, Oct. 04 -- Iran will likely send a new home-made satellite into the orbit before the end of the current Iranian year.
"We may have a launch by Esfand (the last month of the Iranian year: February 20 - March 19)," Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Mohsen Bahrami said.
Noting that at present Iran is preparing the ground for sending a satellite into the orbit, he said that there will be some news for the public in this regard in the next two weeks.

TEHRAN, 2015, Aug. 19
--  Iranian Minister of Communication Mahmoud Vaezi has said that the Islamic Republic has plans to build two new satellites.
The first one is a telecommunication satellite and is scheduled to be ready in three years. It is going to be Iran’s national satellite and is intended to cover a broad range of services from banking to mobile, internet, and meteorological services.
Another remote-sensing satellite is also on the agenda, he said, adding that none of the previously commenced aerospace projects will be stopped.

TEHRAN, 2015, April 11 -- Deputy Head of the Iranian Science Ministry's Aerospace Research Center for Executive Affairs Mohammad Ali Farsi announced that the country has built two new space rockets named "Tir" and "Mehr". The two rockets have been built at the space organization (of the Defense Ministry), Farsi told reporters in Tehran.
Farsi said that the two rockets are now ready to launch into the space, adding that they could be sent into the space in two months at the demand of any research, academic or state center that intends to send satellites into orbit.
Compare:
Sharud Missile range

TEHRAN, 2015, March 10 -- Iran’s domestically-made “Mesbah” satellite is ready to be sent into the orbit, an Iranian official announced, adding that a new version of the satellite is also under construction.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 14th Iranian Space Associations Conference in Tehran, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace Mohammad Hassan Entezari said that the country is ready to launch Mesbah telecommunications satellite.
Entezari also announced that the second version of the satellite is being built, adding that it will provide a high technological capability for the country.
Meantime, Head of Iran’s Telecommunications and Satellite Technology Research Center Shervin Amiri told reporters on the sidelines of the conference that the research phase and basic design of the second version, Mesbah-2, is finished.

Quote: "Mesbah-1 weighs 75 kilograms, which was too heavy to be launched on the satellite launcher Iran has used to date. But Iran says it has a new model satellite launcher that can handle the Mesbah-1".

TEHRAN, 2015, Feb. 02 -- State television in Iran is reporting the Islamic Republic has launched a new satellite into space. The report quoted Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan saying the satellite, designed and built in Iran, is named "Fajr". The orbit of the 52-kg satellite is between 224 and 470 km.
Meanwhile "Fajr" is burned in the atmosphere after about 30 days of life time, because the increase of the orbit is failed. The cold gas thrusters of the satellite worked incorrectly. Thereafter, the height of the orbit is shrunk abruptly.

Baku, 2015, Jan. 31 -- Priority to restructure Iranian Space Agency is in line with the government's policy to promote knowledge-based economy, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said, IRNA reported.
Rouhani's statement came out amid Iran's preparation to launch the "Sharif" satellite into space by February 11, 2015.
Meanwhile, Iran's vice president for executive affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari told Fars News Agency on Nov. 14 that Iran's Defense Ministry has announced readiness for launching the satellite.

TEHRAN, 2014, Dec. 06 -- Deputy Head of Iran's Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli expressed the hope that the country would launch a satellite into space by late January.


TEHRAN, 2014, Nov. 14
-- Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Shariatmadari announced that Tehran is preparing to orbit Sharif Sat  before February 11, 2015 which marks the anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

TEHRAN, 2014, Oct. 04
-- Tehran is preparing to orbit three new home-made satellites, called Zafar, Tolou and Pars, from more powerful launchers and on the back of bigger carriers in the near future, an official announced.
Deputy Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli made the announcement on the sidelines of a ceremony at the start of the World Space Week in Tehran.
"Launching the under-construction satellites, including Sharifsat and Nahid, are also among the short-term plans of the ISA," he added.
Also, Iranian Vice-President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari told reporters in the same ceremony that Iran hopes that its Sharifsat satellite would be sent into orbit this year.

TEHRAN, 2014, June 23
-- Iran soon will launching into orbit three of its satellites (Sharif Sat, Tadbir and Fajr). Deputy Head of Iran's Space Organization Hamid Fazeli hope that one of the three satellites could be sent into space in World Space Week on October 4-10. A fourth Nahid satellite will be launched by the end of the Iranian year (2015).

TEHRAN, 2014, May 29
-- Iran plans to launch three home-made monitoring satellites into orbit in the next Iranian calendar year (March 2015-March 2016), a senior Iranian aerospace official announced.
"Zafar, Tolou and AUT Sat will be sent into space onboard the Simorgh satellite carrier," Deputy Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli said.
Zafar will be sent into a geostationary orbit (this is nonsense !). Tolou satellite will also carry out remote sensing and topography missions, and will travel in an orbit of 500 kilometers above from the Earth’s equator. AUT Sat is a monitoring and telecommunications satellite, which weighs 100 kilograms.

TEHRAN, 2014, May 17
-- Tehran is preparing to orbit three new home-made satellites in the near future.
"These three satellites have been ready for launch since last year and they are now only waiting for the Iranian Defense Ministry to send them into space," Deputy Head of Iran's Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli told reporters on the sidelines of the International Workshop on Management of Space Programs in Tehran. He said these three satellites are Tadbir, SharifSat and Fajr.

TEHRAN, 2014, February 03
-- Iran has unveiled two new domestically-made satellites on the National Day of Space Technology, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported on Feb. 03.
The satellites dubbed Tadbir and Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf) are designed and built entirely by Iranian engineers.
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and Vice President Mohammad Shariatmadari attended the unveiling ceremony.
Persian Gulf satellite is designed and manufactured by Malek-Ashtar University of Technology (MUT). It is compatible with ground-based wireless connections, provides satellite wireless communication services in a secure way, and covers national and regional areas.
Persian Gulf satellite can be used for establishing secure communications and covers SMS services inside and outside Iranian borders.
Tadbir satellite is designed and manufactured by Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). It is the developed version of "The promise of Science and Industry" satellite that has the capability of taking better resolution photos and can receive messages from 16 users.

TEHRAN, 2014, Jan. 11
-- The Iranian vice president for executive affairs says the country is preparing to launch three new indigenous satellites.
Tadbir (IUST), SharifSat (SUT) and Fajr (Sa-Iran) satellites are in the final stages of preparation and are ready for launch,” Mohammad Shariatmadari said.

TEHRAN, 2014, Jan. 08
-- The president of Iran’s University of Science and Technology says Iranian scientists and academics are building the space model of the indigenously designed and manufactured Zafar satellite to launch into orbit. Zafar will reportedly have a lifespan of one year and six months, and will capture images with a resolution of 80 meters and then transmit them to stations on earth.
On December 31, 2013, deputy head of Iran Space Agency (ISA), Hamid Fazeli, said that final tests are being carried out on several indigenous satellites, including SharifSat, developed by Iranian students and academics from Sharif University of Technology, and AUT Sat, developed by Iranian scientists at Amir Kabir University of Technology.
He added that the launch is intended to mark the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations, which commemorate the 35th anniversary of the victory of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
SharifSat reportedly weighs less than 50 kilograms and is planned to be placed into a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at an altitude between 350 kilometers (217 miles) and 500 kilometers (310 miles) above the Earth's surface. The satellite will capture images with a high degree of accuracy and transmit them to stations on earth.
AUT Sat is a monitoring and telecommunications satellite, which weighs 100 kilograms. It is expected to have a lifespan of two years.

TEHRAN, 2013, Dec. 04
-- Iran is preparing to orbit two new home-made satellites (Tadbir, SharifSat) by the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2014), a senior official in Iran's Space Agency (ISA) said.
“Navid-2 satellite which was renamed as Tadbir will be sent into the space in the near future,” Former Chancellor of Iran University of Science & Technology (IUST) Mohammad Saeed Jabal Ameli told reporters. He said that the satellite was built by the Iranian researchers at IUST.

TEHRAN, 2013, Nov. 21
-- Final tests and technical inspections are being carried out on Iran’s new satellite, the Tadbir, before it can be put on the launch pad for the final blast-off in the coming days, said head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA). The satellite will be launched on a carrier called the Safir-1B. The satellite was designed and produced by experts at the Space Research Laboratory of Tehran Science and Technology University.

TEHRAN, 2013, Oct. 06
-- Iran will send the Tadbir satellite into space within two months, Hamid Fazeli (Iran Space Agency) announced.
He made the remarks on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the World Space Week in Tehran which is annually celebrated from October 4 to October 10 in most of the world.
Fazeli said that the Iran Space Agency has built the satellite in cooperation with Iran University of Science and Technology. He added that the Tadbir satellite is equipped with more advanced navigation systems and higher resolution cameras compared with the Navid satellite. The satellite is scheduled to be put in an orbit 250 - 370 km away from the earth.
He also commented on the Zafar satellite, saying that this satellite will be sent into orbit aboard the Simorgh carrier sometime next year.
As part of its space program, Iran also plans to launch the Fajr satellite in the near future. The Fajr, which is a reconnaissance satellite powered by solar energy, will be Iran’s first new-generation satellite to be sent into space.

TEHRAN, 2013, Sept. 01
-- Tehran is preparing to orbit a new home-made satellite, called Tadbir, in the near future, presidential advisor and the new ISA Chief Akbar Torkan said.

TEHRAN, 2013, Aug.  03 -- Iran plans to put four new satellites, namely Autsat, Nahid-2, Sharif,and Zafar, into orbit in the near future, the Mehr News Agency reported.

TEHRAN, 2013, June 08
-- Chancellor of Iran's Sharif University of Technology Reza Rousta Azad announced that Tehran is preparing to orbit a new home-made satellite, called SharifSat, by the end of summer. "We are through with building SharifSat and the satellite is waiting for launch," Rousta Azad said.
Reminding that several more satellites are waiting for launch, he expressed the hope that Iran can send SharifSat into orbit in the first half of the current Iranian year (September).
Rousta Azad said that SharifSat will orbit at a distance around 500 kilometers from the Earth, adding that the satellite will be launched on the back of home-made Safir 1B carrier.

TEHRAN, 2013, April 07
-- Iran is planning to launch seven satellites into space during the current Iranian calendar year which started on March 21, Iran Space Agency Director Hamid Fazeli announced.
The Nahid satellite is one of the satellites that is scheduled to be launched this year. Nahid is designed by experts at the research center of the space agency with the cooperation of scientists at Amirkabir University of Technology. It weighs 50 kilograms.
The Fajr satellite, a reconnaissance satellite powered by solar energy, will be sent into orbit this year.
The Zafar satellite, which will be manufactured by the University of Science and Technology, will be sent into orbit by this summer. Zafar is equipped with color cameras.
The communication Mesbah satellite, weighing 69 kilograms, will also be launched into orbit by the end of the year.

TEHRAN, 2013, Feb. 28 -- Chancellor of Iran's Amirkabir University Alireza Rahayee announced Tehran is preparing to put a new home-made satellite, called Nahid , into orbit in the next four months.
He said that Nahid is among those satellites which need more modern launchers, and Simorgh satellite launch platform is now being prepared to this end.
He added that Nahid will be sent to the space on the back of Safir-B carrier (not clear: Safir-1B or Simorgh).

TEHRAN, 2013, Feb. 19 -- Head of Iran's Space Agency Ahmad Fazeli announced that the country will send 6 new home-made satellites to the space in the next Iranian year (starting on March 21). "Based on the foreseen timeline, Fajr, SharifSat, Tolou, Zafar, and A-Test (AUTSat/AmirKabir) will be sent to the space by the end of the next year," Fazeli told reporters in Tehran. He said that Mesbah is also among the satellites which will be sent to orbit next year.
President of Iran's Amirkabir University Alireza Rahayee announced that "A-Test and Nahid are ready to be launched and sent into the orbit".
"The engineering model of A-Test satellite has been unveiled and its launch prototype is also ready and we hope that it will be sent into the orbit soon," he added, addressing the 12th conference of Iran's aerospace association in Tehran.
Rahayee also said that studies on satellite Nahid have been carried out in cooperation with the Iranian Space Industry (ISA), adding that the satellite will be ready for launch next year.
(Note: Fazeli announced that Iran will send a home-made satellite named Nahid to the space by the end of the current Iranian year. The prototype model was unveiled during a ceremony at an exhibition of Iran's latest space achievements and technologies).

TEHRAN, 2013, Feb. 11 -- "We expect to be able to launch SharifSat by the end of this (Iranian) year (ends on March 20) because the satellite will be delivered to us by Esfand (February 19 - March 20)," Fazeli told, adding that the infrastructure needed for the satellite has already been prepared.
 
TEHRAN, 2013, Feb. 09 -- Head of the Space System Research Center Mohammad Ebrahimi said the country will launch a new satellite into space by the next few days.

TEHRAN, 2013, Feb. 02 -- The President of Iran’s Space Agency (ISA) says Iranian Nahid satellite will be unveiled in February, 2nd 2013, Iran’s National Space Technology Day. The ISA would launch Nahid by Safir-1B rocket launcher to space.
Fazeli pointed to Nahid’s main feature as being imaging. “Nahid is the only satellite with folding solar panels,” he added. “All Iranian made satellites had panels fixed on themselves. Nahid’s panels provide folding capability,” he asserted.
He maintained that technology used in Nahid was unique, and that Nahid would have a perigee of 250 km, and an apogee of 370 km.

TEHRAN, 2013, Jan. 31 -- The President of Iran Space Agency (ISA) says Iran will launch Nahid, Qaem, and Fajr satellites on February 2nd 2013, the anniversary of Iran’s National Space Technology Day.
In a press conference, Hamid Fazeli, ISA president pointed to plans by Iran Space Agency for National Space Technology Day and said; “The President will inaugurate Iranian achievements in space, science and technology on National Space Technology Day.”
He announced the launching of Nahid satellite during days of Fajr ceremonies and added: “Launching Engineering samples of Qaem, and Fajr satellites projects have been planned by the end of the next week.”
Fazeli answered Mehr News reporter’s question on launching SharifSat satellite by the end of the current Iranian New year (21th of March), saying that “SharifSat, manufactured by students in Sharif University of Technology will be launched, in addition to AUTSat, by Amir Kabir University of Technology and Zafar satellite into space by Simorgh rocket launcher, and will be operational by early June.”
Fazeli asserted that “Toloo satellite will also be launched into space by Simorgh rocket launcher in the near future.”

TEHRAN, 2013, Jan. 30 -- The president of Iran’s University of Science and Technology says the Islamic Republic plans to send its domestically-produced satellite Zafar into space within the next eight months.
The satellite would be launched into space by the summer of the Iranian year 1392 (September 2013).
Zafar is an advanced satellite which will have the mission to take high resolution wall maps and aerial photos of locations around the globe as seen from space. Zafar satellite weighs 90 kilograms and will be placed in elliptical orbit of 500 kilometers in radius. Zafar will have a lifespan of one year and six months and will capture images with a resolution of 80 meters and then transmit them to stations on earth.

TEHRAN, 2013, Jan. 29 -- Space Science Foundation official Hamid Fazeli said the satellites  Sharif and  Nahid  will be launched during the current Iranian year (ends on 20 March 2013), said that they will release two satellites via the satellite carrier  Safir-1B .
Fazeli said  in a statement to journalists, the satellite  Sharif , made by researchers at the University of Sharif, to be launched this year by the satellite carrier  Safir-1B . The satellite  Sharif  is the last satellite to be launched into space from a satellite of the University students designed and produced in the country.
With regard to the draft satellite Nahid  Space Science Foundation official said that this satellite is the Academy of Space Systems for Space and Science Foundation is scheduled to release later this year. He stated that this satellite features modern technology so that solar  energy plates for satellite in Earth orbit are opening and portability for solar energy.
Fazli said that a satellite Nahid also features the ability to take pictures, to be carried via satellite carrier Safir-1B and place it at a height of 250 to 370 kilometres from the Earth.

TEHRAN, 2013, Jan. 21
-- Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced that Iran’s first space monitoring center to be inaugurated during the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations. Vahidi also said that it is more than likely that Iran will send several monkeys into space aboard the Pishgam space capsule during the celebrations. As part of its space program, Iran also plans to put the domestically manufactured SharifSat satellite into orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, which concludes on March 20. A new domestically manufactured satellite, named the Nahid, is also scheduled to be unveiled on February 2, which is National Space Technology Day.

TEHRAN, 2012, Dec. 22 -- Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) announced that the country is preparing to put two new home-made satellites, called AUTSAT and SharifSat, into orbit in the near future.
"The AUTSAT will be put into the 55-degree orbit after some changes (in the satellite) and will be launched by Simorgh carrier. We try to launch the AUTSAT before the end of this (Iranian) year (March 20)," he added.
Fazeli referred to another home-made satellite named SharifSat being built by the researchers at Iran's Sharif University of Technology, and said, SharifSat will also be launched this year."

TEHRAN, 2012, Nov. 13 -- President of Iran's Amirkabir University Alireza Rahaei announced the country is preparing to put a new home-made satellite, called Nahid, into orbit in the next three months.

TEHRAN, 2012, Oct. 04 -- The director of the Iranian Space Agency, Dr. Hamid Fazeli, announced that the Islamic Republic plans to launch three domestically- produced satellites: the Fajr , Sharif and Nahid.
Fajr is a 50-kilogram satellite constructed by the Iranian Electronics Industry to carry an imaging payload, with a resolution of 500-1,000 meters and a lifespan of 18 months, the report said.
Sharif, manufactured by the Sharif University of Technology, is also an imaging satellite.
Nahid is a new satellite and earlier this year Fazeli was quoted as saying it is designed with folding solar panels for greater maneuverability in space.

TEHRAN, 2012, Aug. 02 -- The director of Iran's aerospace technology development center has announced that the country will complete the building process of the indigenous satellite carrier Simorgh by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2013).
In a press briefing at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, was adding that the manufacturing work on the satellite that will be mounted on Simorgh is also underway. It was also announced that the Amirkabir Satellite, which is currently being built, will launched by the Safir satellite carrier.

TEHRAN, 2012, July 21 -- Hamid Fazeli head of space organization of Iran said Fajr satellite is at the stage of space tests now and it will be launched soon. He said the reason of delay in launching Fajr satellite is building micro engines for it (?).

TEHRAN, 2012, May 29
--  Iran announced it has delayed the launch of an experimental observation satellite, saying it would now take place sometime within the next 10 months.
The country's space agency chief, Hamid Fazeli, announced the new window for launch to the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). He gave no explanation for the delay.
The head of Iran's aerospatial industries, Mehdi Farahi, had told IRNA on May 14 that the Fajr satellite would be launched on May 23.
Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi subsequently confirmed the planned May 23 date, but said it was not excluded that the launch be put back by up to a month.
Note an article published on the September 19 issue of Jane's Defence Weekly, written by Nick Hansen.
"Iran covered up a failed satellite launch earlier this year, IHS Jane's can reveal. Iranian officials announced that the Safir-1B would be launched on 23 May, but subsequently announced that it had been delayed for up to 10 months.
Contrary to these statements, DigitalGlobe satellite imagery of Iran's SLV pad on different dates shows that a launch occurred around that time. The pad was clean on 18 May, but imagery from 21 June indicates that a launch took place between those dates. There is a V-shaped blast scar on the pad that is identical to those seen after the three previous Safir launches."


TEHRAN, 2012, May 28 -- Iran has announced that the country is set to launch a high resolution student satellite tasked with taking images of the earth.
Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli said the satellite is part of a project by Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology and will be launched in the current Iranian calendar year via the indigenous Safir-1B satellite carrier.
The satellite’s high precision equipment and 12.5-meter resolution capability make it very suitable for taking photographs.
More than 100 students, alumni and faculty members have contributed to the design and construction of the microsatellite, which weighs 50 kg and fits in a 40 x 40 x 40 cm cube.
Iran is also set to launch its indigenous Fajr, which is said to be for reconnaissance purposes powered by solar energy, in June.


TEHRAN, 2012, May 14 -- Iran will launch next week an experimental observation satellite. The Fajr satellite will be launched on Khordad 3 (May 23),” the director of the Aerospace Industries Mehdi Farahi was quoted as telling. The Fajr satellite weighing 50 kilos, built by Sa-Iran, a company affiliated to the defence ministry. Fajr, which is equipped with solar panels, has an expected life of 18 months. Farahi said that Fajr would be launched by Safir-1B rocket which is able to place a load of 50 kilos on a low orbit of 300 to 450 kilometres.

TEHRAN, 2012, May 08
-- Deputy of Science minister said based on information about satellite projects , this year at least two or three satellites will be launched. He said Fajr, Sepehr and Pars satellites are being built and prepared in Space Organization.

TEHRAN, 2012, May 02 -- The Islamic Republic plans to send the Fajr satellite into space within a month, Director of Iran Space Agency Hamid Fazeli announced. The Fajr satellite is a reconnaissance satellite powered by solar energy.
 Fazeli said that Iran plans to send the satellite into space aboard the upgraded Safir carrier rocket.
 Fazeli said that if the manufacture of Simorgh satellite carrier rocket is completed, the satellite Toloo and Zafar will be launched into space by March 20.
 The Zafar satellite will be used for remote sensing missions. The images taken by the satellite can be utilized in meteorology and for the demarcation of water borders and charting the topography of the tributaries of rivers.
 Elsewhere in his remarks, Fazeli said that Iran Space Agency is working on a project to send living creatures to space within a few months.

TEHRAN, 2012, March 07 -- The main mission of the Fajr satellite would be orbital maneuvering and transfer with the aid of the satellite own cold gas propulsion system.
The Fajr satellite separation from the carrier will be conducted at an altitude of 250 km. The satellite would then proceed with the orbit transfer maneuver with a perigee at 404 km.


TEHRAN, 2012, March 02 -- Brigadier General Seyyed Mehdi Farrahi, Director of the Aerospace Industries Organization, said Iran to launch satellite with the maximum weight of one ton in its ten-year space program. He said that in the first six months of the next (Iranian calendar) year (starting March 21, 2012), the Toloo satellite would be launched using the Simorgh satellite carrier.

TEHRAN, 2012, Febr. 22
-- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Fajr satellite would be sent into space by the next three months.
Fajr is a measurement and imaging satellite that will examine subsystems used in previous satellites. The manufacturing work of the satellite is still underway and nearly complete. The Fajr satellite will be placed in elliptical orbit of 400 km in radius and will remain in space for a year and a half.

TEHRAN, 2012, Febr. 14 -- Iran will launch satellites with the Simorgh carrier from a new space port. There would be a new round of space progression in Iran by 2013. The country will launch Toloo and Fajr satellites and will improve its carriers by efforts by experts in this regard.
The Simorgh satellite carrier which is capable of carrying satellites with 100 kg to 500 km orbit, possesses 4 engines and final tests are implemented on it.
The Toloo satellite built by Iran's electronic industry affiliated with defense ministry will launched by Simorgh satellite carrier built by air and space industry of defense ministry. The Simorgh launcher also will be capable to put satellites into GTO orbits. Then thruster of satellite will put satellite into 36,000 km GEO. The satellite carrier Simorgh is built soon.
The Safir -1B carrier is capable of launching satellites weighing more than 60 kg to 350-450 km in an orbit and has made a huge progress comparing to Safir-1A. Engine, fuel, guide and control system of the Safir-1B differ from its previous version. The Navid satellite was launched by a Safir-1B.  Iran's next satellite would be Fajr satellite which is to be sent into space in the near future.

TEHRAN, 2012, Febr. 10 -- Iran plans to launch heavy satellites into orbit and is setting up a new launch base to put such types of satellites, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said. Vahidi said that the base will be used to launch one-ton satellites into an orbit of 1,000 kilometers. He said that among Iran's next year plans was the launch of Toloo and Fajr satellites into orbit. Vahidi also said that Iran is planning to launch satellites into orbits of up to 36,000 kilometers next year.

TEHRAN, 2012, Febr. 05 -- Iran is planning to place a new generation of satellites called Fajr into orbit to mark the 33rd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in the country.
“The launch of Navid-e Elm-o Sanat satellite into orbit using Safir satellite carrier was not simply an aerospace operation, but stood for creativity, self-reliance and wisdom of Iran's aerospace engineers,” Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said.

TEHRAN, 2012, Febr. 03 -- Iran launched the observation satellite Navid-ST into Earth orbit. "The Navid satellite was launched successfully.... It will be placed into an orbit between 250 and 370 kilometres," IRNA quoted the head of Iran's Space Organisation, Hamid Fazeli, as saying. The 50-kilogram satellite is meant to stay in orbit for 18 months, sending back images. The satellite was sent into orbit by a launch-vehicle dubbed Safir, which IRNA described as having 20 percent more launch power, compared to earlier versions of satellite carrier missiles.

TEHRAN, 2012, Jan. 15 -- Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said that his ministry is going to inaugurate several defense and satellite-launching projects during Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies. He also said that several infrastructural projects in the field of space technology will also be inaugurated during Ten-Day Dawn (February 1-11).
“We are determined to implement at least one of the projects of satellite launch into space during Ten-Day Dawn”, Brigadier General Vahidi added.

TEHRAN, 2011, Dec. 08 -- Head of Iran Space Agency Hamid Fazeli informed press of near future launching of 3 more Iranian made satellites, Navid-ST, Fajr and Kavoshgar 5.
"During the upcoming Fajr 10-Day Celebrations (The anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in February 2012) this year, we would have a day named the Space Technology Day, for which we have plans underway."

TEHRAN, 2011 Nov. 25 -- Director of Iran’s aerospace development center announced  that Toloo and Fajr satellites will be sent to space in the future months.  Abbas Ebrahimi said Fajr satellite will be launched during the current Iranian year (which ends on March 19, 2012) aboard the Safir (Simorgh) satellite launcher.
Ebrahimi went on to say that Tolou satellite will probably be launched by the Simorgh satellite carrier. Toloo will be ready for launch in June 2012 and it will travel in an orbit of 500 kilometers above from the earth’s equator, he explained. He added it can stay in space for longer time and its fuel system has also been improved.

TEHRAN, 2011, Nov. 13 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Iran would launch three satellites (Fajr, Navid-ST and Toloo) into space in the near future.
Vahidi said, “Fajr satellite would be carried by Safir-e-Fajr carrier rocket and Navid and Toloo by Simorgh booster. Our country would take the first step in manufacturing the new generations of Iranian rocket carriers by using Simorgh carrier rocket.”

TEHRAN, 2011, Nov. 02 --The Deputy Head of the Industry and Research Institute of the Iranian Defense Ministry Mohammad Eslami said Iran would launch Toloo imaging satellite into space next year. Eslami said, “The 80 kg satellite will be put in the 400 km orbit from the Earth’s surface and can stay there for three years. It would be the first satellite capable of sending photos with 50-meter resolution from earth.
Toloo imaging satellite would be launched on the Safir 2A (Simorgh) booster.

TEHRAN, 2011, Oct. 09 -- Head of Satellite Technical Support Department at Tehran's University of Science and Technology, Hossein Bolandi , announced that Navid satellite has been successfully tested and will be delivered to the launch center to be put into orbit in the next three to four months with the Safir-1B launcher.
Navid is a 50 kilogram satellite, which can take pictures in low altitudes of about 250 to 375 kilometers from the Earth.
 
TEHRAN, 2011, Aug. 29 -- Mohammad Eslami, Industry and Research Institute of the Iranian Defense Ministry, stressed Iran would certainly send Fajr satellite into space, and God willing it will be put inside the orbit by mid March, 2012.
Fajr satellite will be launched into space by Safir satellite carrier which will test a new technology that is one cold gas propulsion subsystem for orbit transferring.

TEHRAN, 2011, July 10 -- Iran’s Aerospace Organization plans to build two satellites namely Pars-2 and Qaem, the director of the organization announced.
“Remote-sensing Pars-2 satellite and …telecommunications Qaem satellite will be launched into space (in the future),” Hamid Fazeli told the Mehr News Agency.
Pars-2 and Qaem satellites will orbit at an altitude of 600 and 3,600 kilometers above the Earth’s surface respectively, he explained.
He went on to say that the manufacture of Pars-2 satellite will be completed by the next 4 years.
He said that Amir Kabir, Navid or Zafar are also remote-sensing satellites but the images taken by them are low resolution and are not efficient.

TEHRAN, 2011, June 21
-- Iran said that it intends to send Navid-ST and Fajr satellites into space by March 2012 and build Rasad-2 satellite.
The 50-kg remote-sensing "Navide Elmo-Sannat" satellite is going to be launched. The Fajr satellite is armed with thruster and it can stay in orbit for about 1.5 years.

TEHRAN, 2011, June 15 -- Iran launched satellite Rasad-1. Rasad-1 was tracked in a 243 - 292 km and 55.7° orbit along with the second stage. The satellite, reported to weigh 15.3 kg.

Head of Iranian Space Agency (ISA) said that Iran will launch three more satellites in space in August, in October and in February respectively.

TEHRAN, 2011, May 11 -- Iran plans to launch its domestically-manufactured Fajr satellite during the first half of the Iranian calendar year (began on March 21), Asghar Ibrahimi, director of SAIRAN Aerospace Industry, announced.
A Simorgh carrier satellite will be launched within the next 2 years, adding its mission is to gather data on climatic conditions and geographical positions of oil and gas pipes. The satellite weighs 80 kilograms and it will travel in an orbit 500 kilometers above the earth’s equator.
Pointing to Toloo satellite, this satellite is remote-sensing, which will be ready for launch by late January 2012. The satellite will travel in an orbit 400 kilometers above from the earth’s equator.

TEHRAN, 2011, May 10 -- Iran is working on Toloo satellite and the spacecraft is to blast off by late January 2012, Asqar Ibrahimi, chairman of Iran’s aerospace industry said, according to Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
The satellite will be put in the 400 km orbit from the Earth’s surface and has the capability to transmit photos with 30-meter resolution satellite images to Earth stations. The 80kg satellite will blast off by Safir-2A (Simorgh) carrier Rocket.

TEHRAN, 2011, May 10 -- Head of Aerospace Industries of Iran's Electronics Industries Co., Asghar Ebrahimi, said that Iran would send the Fajr satellite into space by September, while the Toloo satellite would be launched in February 2012.
Fajr satellite weighs 50 kilograms and is technically characterized by an orbit which could be promoted from 250 to 400 kilometers through a thruster or an engine.
Toloo satellite weighs less than 80 kilograms and would be placed in elliptical orbit of 400 kilometers in radius.

TEHRAN, 2011, Feb. 18 --  Iran's Electronics Industry (IEI) says it has delivered domestically-built Fajr satellite to the country's Aerospace Industries Organization, adding that the device is ready to launch. This satellite is capable of staying in space for a year and a half and providing and transmitting pictures with a resolution of 500-1000 meters to stations on earth. The design and quality of the solar cells used on the body of the satellite have increased the durability of the satellite to 1.5 years. The national Fajr satellite weighs 50 kg and will be placed in elliptical orbit of 250-400 km in radius and enjoys the specifications of professional radar.
Fajr is also equipped with a domestically-made GPS navigation system.

TEHRAN, 2011, Feb. 13 -- According to schedule, Rasad satellite will be launched into space in early Iranian New Year (which starts on March 21). Then
Fajr and finally student-made Navid-ST (Science and Industry) will be sent into space, said Hamid Fazeli, the head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA).

TEHRAN, 2011, Feb. 07 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the Navid-ST satellite. The satellite which weighs 50 kg is used for telephotography, measurement and specification of different locations from a 400-meter altitude.
The telecommunication, measurement and scientific satellite is due to be launched in the next few months to a distance of 250 to 375 kilometers from the earth's atmosphere and with the orbital angle of 55 degrees.

TEHRAN, 2011, Feb. 06 -- It is quoted that Iran would unveil on Monday (Feb. 07) four satellites built (Rasad, Fajr, AUTSat and Zafar). Tehran would also unveil the first-stage and second-stage engines of the Safir-1B-Fajr rocket. The launch date for the first two satellites, Rasad and Fajr, was "not fixed".

TEHRAN, 2010, Dec. 25 -- Iran announced that it plans to launch two satellites called
Rasad and Fajr into space at the same time during the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic revolution which falls on February 11, 2011. Both satellites working with solar cells system as well as have fuel systems and can stay in space for a longer time and move in orbits. Fajr is a reconnaissance satellite, Rasad is a communication satellite.

TEHRAN, 2010, Jan. 20 -- Iran will unveil three new satellites in February, a report said.
ISNA news agency quoted Communications Minister Reza Taghipour as saying that one of the three home-built communications satellites is still under construction.
Taghipour named the three satellites as Toloo, Mesbah-2 and Navid-ST, but did not elaborate on exactly when they would be launched. Navid, Taghipour said as quoted by ISNA, was an "experimental satellite" and the launch would be for testing camera and telecommunications equipment. Mesbah-2, which is under construction, "is a low-orbit telecommunication satellite for storing and sending messages," he said. Iran's defence minister Ahmad Vahidi said that Toloo is a "reconnaissance satellite," ISNA reported. Vahidi had previously said Toloo would be unveiled during celebrations in early February marking the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. He said last month that Toloo was designed by Sa Iran, also known as Iran Electronics Industries, an affiliate company of the defence ministry.