Tehran, Iran: Iran is all set to launch its “Fajr” satellite by March next year, revealed Hamid Fazeli, the head of Iranian Space Agency.
“The satellite dubbed Fajr “Dawn” is undergoing certain tests and experiments to be prepared for launch and we hope it will be sent into space by March after researchers confirm its readiness,” he said.
Talking about the launch of “Kavoshgar 5” (Explorer 5) satellite that is scheduled for this summer, he said, “The launch operation will take place when scientists declare the satellite’s readiness in the near future.”
Fazeli informed that the project is being studied by Iranian scientists who are carrying out reforms, studies and sub-system tests.
Iran has already said that it plans to build a new satellite in collaboration with the OIC member states. The country had announced in February that it planned to unveil and send two recently-built satellites into space in the near future.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in 2010 that Iran planned to send astronauts into space in 2024. But later he said that the issue had gone under a second study at a cabinet meeting and that the cabinet had decided to implement the plan in 2019, five years earlier than the date envisaged in the original plan.
Source: Iranian Students’ News Agency