TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Space Agency (ISA)
announced that the first domestically-built satellite of Iran called "Omid"
(Hope) would be sent to the space by March 20, the semi-official Fars news
agency reported on Tuesday.
"If no problem hinders the process, the
all-Iranian-made satellite will join the orbit by the end of the current Iranian
year (ending on March 20)," ISA President Reza Taqipour said, adding that
"Technical experts are trying to finalize the project according to the
In November, Iran successfully launched a space
rocket "Kavosh 2" (Explorer 2), which after completing its mission, has returned
to the earth.
The experiment was done within the framework of the
country's "strategic space program" and "preparation for scientific and
technological developments in the space" by the Iranian experts ofAir-Space
Research Center, according to the website of Iran's state TV IRIB.
Iran launched a home-made satellite-carrier rocket
named Safir (Messenger) in August last year, arousing Western governments'
concerns over its purpose that Iran is developing long-range ballistic missile
technology which can be used to launch nuclear weapons.
Safir was Iran's first domestically made satellite
carrier, which was capable of putting lightweight satellites into low earth
The launch of Safir rocket is aimed to test remote
sensing, satellite telemetry, and geographic information system technology as
well as remote and ground station data processing, according to Iran's satellite
channel Press TV.
Iranian officials have said Iran has plans to put a
"series of satellites" into space by 2010 to aid natural disaster management
programs and improve telecommunications.