Iran, in cooperation with China will build and launch its national satellite according to recent reports. Technical specifications of the proposed satellite have already been identified. Based on the provisions of its Fourth Socio economic and Cultural Development Plan, Iran is preparing to launch five satellites including Mesbah, Zohreh and Sina. In addition to the five satellites, three micro-satellites are also planned to be launched. Following its establishment in 2000, Iran’s Aerospace Organization has also been engaged in designing and manufacturing a small multi-mission satellite (SMMS) in the framework of a pact signed with China and Thailand. It is planned to be launched by 2006.