Iran has been investing heavily in its aerospace industry for many years and, now it’s time to see some output. Today the Head of Iranian Space Agency announced that Iran would launch up to two satellites by the end of this Persian year.
Iranian Space Agency aims to make the applications of aerospace more tangible to everyday life, “In order to do that we would support the science-based and private companies that are active in this sector,” said Mohsen Bahrami the Head of Iranian Space Agency. Bahrami also talked about the state of few of the Iranian satellites that have been under development, according to Bahrami the design and manufacture process of Nahid 1, design of AUTSAT (Amir-Kabir 1) and Doosti, are also finished. Moreover, one of the Communications Satellite or Sensing Satellite would be launched by the end of this Persian year. Also, the contract for the launch of Nahid 1 by a domestic Launch Vehicle would be signed next week and the contract for manufacturing of Nahid 2 is going to be signed with Iranian Space Research Center next month. And it’s not the end, production of Pars satellite is also on the list of Iranian Space Agency.
Mesbah satellite which was due to be built by Iran in cooperation with Italy’s Carlo Gavazzi Space is also another hot topic. Due to the sanction, this satellite was never launched by Russia and Italy. Mesbah the $10 million satellite was supposed to be delivered to Iran in 2011. Iran insists to this day that the satellite be handed over for its launch by an Iranian launcher. According to Bahrami Iran should assess if it’s still cost effective to launch this satellite after all these years. All of these satellites are suppose to be launched by either the Simorgh or Safir space launch vehicles from one of Iran’s three launch facilities.
AUTSAT or Amir-Kabir 1 has been designed by the resident scientists and researchers at AUT (AmirKabir University of Technology). AUT and Iran Space Agency signed a production agreement on AUTSAT satellite. The satellite’s total weight is 70-80 kilograms and can be used to assess damages inflicted by earthquakes, droughts and other natural disasters, contributing to the reduction of casualties. The satellite is also capable of surveying agricultural lands. The Doosti (Means Friendship in Farsi) satellite is also a remote sensing satellite and it’s being developed by the Remote Sensing Laboratory of the Iranian Space Agency and is expected to weigh about 50kg.