Iran: China has sought Iran’s assistance for the making of navigational satellites (Beidou), according to Hamid Fazeli, head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA). Fazeli added that a number of other Asian countries have expressed readiness to collaborate with the Islamic Republic in its space projects, IRNA reported.
“The Islamic Republic has made invaluable achievements in the field of space, which are bound to grow through the endeavours of Iranian scientists,” Fazeli said.
He further pointed out that the country now eyes deep space explorations and made a reference to ISA’s efforts to increase the participation of private sector in order to boost Iran’s space plans.
His comments came at a speech in the central Iranian province of Qazvin where the country has initiated plans for the building of an industrial city showcasing modern space technologies.
The ISA director went on to say that telecommunications, observation and research satellites are amongst the common types of orbiting objects which are indicative of a country’s technological advancements. Other major satellites include military, navigation and weather satellites.