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
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
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
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
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
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
Addressing a specialized meeting of high-ranking officials of the organization,
Bahrami said the Mesbah-2
and Nahid satellites are
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
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
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
Entezari also announced that the second version of the satellite is being
built, adding that it will provide a high technological capability for the
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,
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
“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
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
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)
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.