Iran, October 6, 2014: Delivering his address at the World Space Week in Tehran on October 4, Deputy Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli announced that Iran plans to launch three new satellites with indigenously-designed carriers into the space in the near future.
“The launching of satellites such as Sharif Sat, Zafar (Triumph), Tolou (Sunrise) and Pars with powerful locally-designed carriers in the near future is on the agenda,” said Hamid Fazeli on Sunday.
Zafar is a monitoring satellite, which will be sent into a geostationary orbit that is a circular orbit around 36,000 kilometers (22,320 miles) above the Earth's equator.
The satellite will reportedly have a lifespan of one year and six months, and will capture images and transmit them to stations on earth. Tolou satellite will also carry out remote sensing and topography missions, and will travel in an orbit of 500 kilometres above the Earth’s equator.
Fazeli also noted that Iran is among the five emerging states active in this sector and that many countries are following Iran’s lead in their space programmes. He added that mastering the technology for geosynchronous satellites, localising, designing and launching of telecommunications and remote-sensing satellites as well as establishing launch pads and telemetry stations are among other priorities of the ISA.