Iran wants more ‘home made’ satellites
June 25, 2020
By Chris Forrester
Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has announced that the number of the country’s manufactured satellites will increase to 18 by the end of the current Iranian year (March 19th 2021).
His comments were made to the Iranian parliament and reported by the FARS news agency.
“Iran had made three satellites by the year 2013, it increased to 7 in 2017, 15 in 2020 and we will have 18 home-made satellites by the end of this year [to March 19th 2021],” said Azari Jahromi.
Meanwhile, the head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari announced earlier in June that Iran plans to orbit ‘home made’ high-quality LEO satellites in an altitude of 1,000km above the Earth.
“We will reach the 2,000-km orbit in two years and our next step is reaching the 36,000-km orbit,” Barari said, stressing that the country is not dependent on foreign manufacturers to advance its space programme.
“Fortunately, today we are self-sufficient in designing and building satellites, platforms, satellite carriers, control and guide stations, data collection land stations and the whole cycle of this technology relying on the capabilities of the Iranian scientists and specialists and this whole cycle is operating with a fully indigenised mechanism,” Barari said.