1035 GMT October 07, 2022
The active diplomacy pursued by the administration of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi helped enable Iran turn the contract for purchasing the recently-launched Khayyam satellite into one for the transfer of technology, said the minister of communications and information technology.
Speaking to IRNA, Isa Zarepour added Iran plans to construct three more versions of the Khayyam satellite in cooperation with Russia.
On the cooperation between Iran and Russia in the construction of the first Khayyam satellite, which was successfully launched into space from the Moscow operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, utilizing a Soyuz 2.1 B rocket, he noted that the macro and conceptual designs of the satellite were developed by the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), but it was constructed in Russia.
The minister said this was openly announced from the very first day, noting that initially the project was confidential, as Moscow was under great pressure to refrain from transferring the technology to Iran.
“We had agreed to keep the project confidential until the launch of the satellite.”
Zarepour praised the Raeisi administration for its successful active diplomacy, saying what’s important with regard to the construction and launch of the first Khayyam satellite is that Iran managed to turn the contract for purchasing the satellite into one for the transfer of technology.
Turning to the construction of three more versions of the Khayyam satellite, initially announced by the Iranian government’s spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi on Thursday, the minister said the projects are expected to be implemented within the framework of the good agreements previously reached between Tehran and Moscow for the continuation of cooperation in the space industry.
Zarepour added Iranian experts have even proposed to construct an identical satellite with a weight of between 200 kilograms and 300 kilograms, which has been welcomed by the other side.
On Thursday, Bahadori Jahromi said in a tweet that Iran plans to build three more versions of the Khayyam satellite, adding that the stabilization of the recently-launched Khayyam satellite has been done successfully.
According to reports, Khayyam satellite, which was launched into orbit 500 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, will send high-resolution images four times a day, which will be used to monitor Iran’s borders and improve the country’s capabilities in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, environment, mining, and natural disasters.
In remarks on Wednesday, Raeisi said his administration will unveil new achievements in the area of aerospace science in the future, which will be used in different sectors.
He stressed that given the aerospace sector’s importance for accelerating the country’s development in different areas, his administration seeks to compensate for the industry’s insufficient development.