Russia: If everything goes well between Iran and Russia, the latter can launch a satellite observation system for the Islamic Republic of Iran. “We hope to sign the satellite launch contract by the middle of April. If the contract is signed, the launch may take place at the end of 2018,” Leonid Macridenko, the head of the Russian Space Monitoring Systems, Information & Control and Electromechanical Complexes (VNIIEM), was quoted by TASS news agency as saying on Wednesday.
In August 2015, an agreement was signed in Moscow, stating that Russian corporations, NPK BARL and VNIIEM, will help the Iranian company, Bonyan Danesh Shargh to create a remote-sensing system, which can be employed for collecting information about the Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans.
Iran has successfully sent several domestically-made satellites into orbit during the past few years and it also sent a monkey into space aboard a domestically-developed bio-capsule code-named Pishgam (Pioneer) in January 2013. In December 2013, it sent another monkey, called Fargam (Auspicious), into space and retrieved it safe and sound back on earth.