Fars News Agency
Oct 7, 2010

Iran has prepared the necessary technological grounds to send man into space by 2022, Deputy Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) for Technology Mohammad Mardani said on Wednesday.

“Iran will send man into the space in the next 12 years,” Mardani said on the sidelines of a ceremony to inaugurate an exhibition named ‘Man and Space’ here in Tehran.

He further stressed the need for the development of Iran’s space technology and know-how due to its direct ties with the other political, social, security and defense arenas.

Mardani also announced that Iranian scientists are currently working on the designs of 10 to 15 more Iran-made satellites.

“We have plans for the next 15 years and now we are designing and building a satellite for the 36,000km orbit which will provide service in telecommunication, radio and TV fields,” Mardani added.

Iran has recently taken wide strides in aerospace. The country sent the first biocapsule of living creatures into space in February, using its home-made Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

Omid (hope) was Iran’s first research satellite that was designed for gathering information and testing equipment. After orbiting for three months, Omid successfully completed its mission without any problems. It completed more than 700 orbits over seven weeks and reentered the earth’s atmosphere on April 25, 2009.

After launching Omid, Tehran unveiled three new satellites called Tolou, Mesbah II and Navid, respectively. Iran has also unveiled its latest achievements in designing and producing satellite carriers very recently.

Also, Iran has recently unveiled a new generation of home-made satellites and a new satellite carrier called Simorgh (Phoenix).

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations’ Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), which was set up in 1959.