The head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) announced the launch of the operational phase of the country’s first satellite system project, named after the country’s late top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
Hassan Salarieh made the announcement on the agency’s official website on Sunday, as he elaborated on the latest implementation status of Gen. Soleimani’s project, which is part of Iran’s ongoing 10-year space program, according to Press TV.
“The ISA has been tasked with placing a telecommunication satellite system in the earth’s orbit, based on the 10-year space program and in order to provide services to the people, government institutions and organizations, as well as to provide services to private sector companies,” Salarieh said.
“The implementation of the project, called ‘Martyr Soleimani Project,’ and is considered to be the first satellite system project of our country, is of great importance owing to the achievements in the production of satellite series and their network formation,” he added.
He said the ISA had prepared the operational plan of the project and codified the executive program of a narrowband telecommunication system with limited service long ago, before the finalization of the country’s 10-year space program.