0936 GMT December 09, 2022
Iran will soon send a homegrown satellite named ‘Ayat’ into orbit in a ceremony to be attended by President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, said a senior disaster management official.
Mohammad-Hassan Nami, president of the National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO) of Iran, added the satellite is expected to be placed into Earth’s orbit and transfer data about natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and landslides, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting in early August, the Iranian president said the government will unveil new achievements in the area of the aerospace science in the future, which will be used in different sectors.
Raeisi’s remarks came a day after Iran’s Khayyam satellite was launched into orbit 500 kilometers above the Earth’s surface by a Soyuz-2.1b rocket, from the Russian-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in neighboring Kazakhstan.
Raeisi added the aerospace achievements to be unveiled soon will be of great contribution to the protection of the environment, mining explorations, natural disaster management and monitoring the country’s borders.
Raeisi stressed that given the aerospace sector’s importance for accelerating the country’s development in different areas, the government seeks to compensate for the industry’s insufficient development.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the same cabinet meeting, Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Isa Zarepour said the country plans to test launch a carrier rocket capable of putting a satellite weighing up to 100 kilograms into orbit in a few weeks.
The minister noted that Iran is already capable of sending satellites weighing up to 50 kilograms into orbit.
Earlier this year, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force launched a second homegrown satellite into a low Earth orbit nearly two years after the launch of its first military satellite. The IRGC successfully put Noor II (Light II) into orbit on March the eighth 2022.