Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Priority to restructure Iranian Space Agency is in line with the government's policy to promote knowledge-based economy, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said, IRNA reported.
Rouhani's statement came out amid Iran's preparation to launch the "Sharif" satellite into space by February 11, 2015.
Meanwhile, Iran's vice president for executive affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari told Fars News Agency on Nov. 14 that Iran's Defense Ministry has announced readiness for launching the satellite.
Back in 2012 it was reported that more than 100 Iranian students, scholars and academics have been involved in designing and constructing the indigenous satellite, which weighs less than 50 kilograms.
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.
In June 2011, Iran put the 15.3-kilogram Rasad (Observation) orbiter in space. Rasad's mission was to take images of the Earth and transmit them along with telemetry information to ground stations.
Iran also launched Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry), another indigenous satellite, into the orbit on February 3, 2012.