Iran to Launch Seven Domestically Manufactured Satellites in March 2023, Reports Say
© AP Photo / Iranian Defense Ministry This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, shows Iran's newest satellite-carrier rocket, called "Zuljanah," before being launched at an undisclosed location, Iran. Iranian state TV on Monday aired the launch of the country's newest satellite-carrying rocket, called "Zuljanah," which it said was able to reach a height of 500 km (310 miles) and is capable of carrying a 200-kilogram (440-pound) satellite. It did not launch a satellite into orbit. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iran continues production of seven homegrown satellites, which may be launched in March next year when designers are expected to put final touches on the projects, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Monday, citing the head of the Iranian Space Agency, Hassan Salarieh.
The spacecraft that are planned for the 2023 launch include the already manufactured Iranian Nahid, Pars-1 and Zafar satellites, while the remaining satellites are still under construction, Salarieh was cited as saying by the IRNA.
The satellite series of Nahid, Pars-1 and Zafar are regarded as the most modern Iranian spacecraft, which were designed for telecommunication purposes as well as measuring space radiation, according to the outlet. Some satellites, including Nahid-1 and Zafar-2, have been awaiting launch for several years.
The satellites will operate at an estimated altitude of 500-530 kilometers (310-341 miles), the IRNA added.