News ID: 318259
Published: 0325 GMT November 26, 2021

Space industry a deterrent against enemy aggression: Raeisi

Space industry a deterrent against enemy aggression: Raeisi

National Desk

The space industry serves as a deterrent for the country in the face of enemies, President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Friday after visiting an exhibition showcasing Iran’s latest space achievements in Tehran.

“The space industry creates a sort of deterrent against enemy aggression,” Raeisi told a meeting of the Supreme Space Council. “The people and the youth feel empowered and proud when a satellite is launched,” he added.

The meeting, also attended by ministers of communications and IT, foreign affairs, defense and industry, mine and trade, convened after more than a decade to “draw a roadmap” for the country's space industry.

“The fact that the first meeting of the Supreme Space Council is held after nearly 11 years is indicative of the government’s determination to develop the space industry,” Raeisi said.

He called the industry an “economic driver” that in the near future will be “part of the governance infrastructure” in trade, economy and security domains.

The president said new technology-based companies, sectors like industry, trade and agriculture, as well as tourism can use services provided by the space industry for growth and development. 

He said Iran has made “great achievements and progress” in the space industry despite “threats, sanctions and targeted pressure” exerted by the enemies.

Raeisi, however, added Iran is “far” from the position it deserves in the space industry despite efforts made by Iranian experts over the past years.

He said the industry must become “affordable and indigenized” and all those involved need to strive to move from low Earth orbits, where the country has already secured a foothold, to geosynchronous orbits, which are nearly 36,000 kilometers in elevation above the Earth’s equator, in ten years or even less.

After the meeting, Communications and IT Minister Issa Zarepour told reporters that the government seeks to further develop the industry as it can boost the country’s power and help resolve problems.

He said Iran has “stabilized” the technology for low orbits of 200 kilometers to 2,000 kilometers, and the nation will hear “good news” in this regard in the near future.



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