Iran Space Agency (ISA) is planning to fund an Iranian satellite navigation system. ISA is also planning to set permanent space centers in northeastern and western parts of the country.

Iran is among the few countries capable of designing, building and launching satellites into space. Iran Space Agency formed in 2004 is a governmental space agency concerned with the peaceful application of space, science and technology. Recently, Deputy of Iran Space Agency (ISA) has announced that they are planning to fund an Iranian satellite navigation system, which is similar to GPS (Global Positioning System).

According to Mehr News Agency, Mojtaba Saradeghi, the deputy of ISA has pointed out that the satellite navigation system is a long-term project, and that it’s crucial to plan the project’s funding strategy and define its sub-projects this year. He also mentioned that aside from Mahshahr and Qeshm centers, the ISA is planning to set permanent space centers in northeastern parts as well as the western parts of the country.

Sinah-1 was Iran’s first satellite launched in 2005. Nahid-2 a telecommunication satellite is also expected to be launched into space in the upcoming Persian year (1397). This is while Mesbah a 10 million dollar satellite, designed and developed years ago in cooperation with an Italian company is not expected to be launched into space as Italy refused to cooperate with Iran on space projects due to the sanctions and the high cost of launching the satellite after 12 years. It is worth mentioning that Mesbah is decided to end up in the Iranian space museum, which is planned to be inaugurated in the near future.

Saradeghi also added that In terms of promoting space science, a CubeSat competition will be held in different levels in Iran. The competition is aimed at gathering ideas to build a CubeSat which is a miniaturized satellite usually used for space research. CubeSats are an affordable choice that can be launched into space on most launch vehicles by some universities and private companies around the world.

The ideas gathered in the competition are then to be worked on in a bid to convert them into further space projects.

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