Local university to deliver Zafar satellite to Iranian Space Agency by March

Iran Materials 26 May 2014 15:35 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, May 26

By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) announced that it will deliver Zafar satellite to Iranian Space Agency by March 20 (the end of the current Iranian calendar and fiscal year).

Hossein Bolandi, IUST's director for research projects, said on May 26 that the university is working on the space model of the indigenously designed and manufactured Zafar (Triumph) satellite, to launch it into orbit at the request of Iranian Space Agency, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported.

The satellite will be sent into a geostationary orbit, which is a circular orbit around 36,000 kilometers (22,320 miles) above the Earth's equator.

Zafar will reportedly have a lifespan of one year and six months, and will capture images with a resolution of 80 meters and then transmit them to stations on earth.

Iran launched its first indigenous satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into the space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

The country is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.