"The Islamic Republic of Iran will launch a telecommunication satellite into orbit in a not far future," Deputy Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) for Development and Technology Abdulali Aliasgari said in the Northern city of Zibakenar on Tuesday night.
Noting that Iran is preparing to send small and mid-range home-made satellites into orbit, he added, "Planning has been made to send the satellite to an orbit around 36,000 kilometers distant from the Earth."
In relevant remarks on September 1, a senior advisor to President Hassan Rouhani announced that Tehran is preparing to orbit a new home-made satellite, called Tadbir, in the near future.
“As stated by the former head of Iran’s Space Agency, Hamid Fazeli, the first satellite to be launched in the new government is called Tadbir,” Presidential Advisor and the new ISA Chief Akbar Torkan said.
Earlier this year, Chancellor of Iran’s Sharif University of Technology Reza Rousta Azad announced that Iran would launch into orbit a new home-made satellite, called 'Sharif Sat', by the end of summer.
“We are through with building Sharif Sat and the satellite is waiting for launch,” Rousta Azad told FNA in June.
Reminding that several more satellites are waiting for launch, he expressed the hope that Iran could send Sharif Sat into orbit in the first half of the current Iranian year (which started on March 21).
Rousta Azad said that Sharif Sat would orbit at a distance around 500 kilometers from the Earth, adding that the satellite would be launched on the back of home-made 'Safir B1' (Ambassador B1) carrier.
Earlier this year, Fazeli announced that the country would send 6 new home-made satellites, mostly made by Iranian universities, to the space in the current Iranian year.
"Based on the foreseen timeline, Fajr, Sharif Sat, Tolou, Zafar, and A-Test will be sent to the space by the end of the current year," Fazeli told reporters in Tehran.
He said that Mesbah is also among the satellites to be sent into orbit this year.