According to Zomit, thirteen years ago, with the launch of the Omid satellite in orbit, Iran was able to join 10 countries with satellite fabrication and launch technology. Minister of Communications and Information Technology Issa Zarepour, appearing on a live TV program about the country’s space programs, announced that for more than a decade, with the efforts of the country’s experts, we have joined the countries that have the technology to build and launch satellite. According to him, a few months ago, after a decade, a meeting of the Supreme Space Council was held with the presence of the president and the space industry planners, and the council developed a one-year space plan, one of the most important clauses of which was to establish satellite transmissions to Leo.
He said in this regard:
So far we have a good capacity to reach this circuit but we need to increase it. Our plan is to be able to place 100 kg satellites in a 500 km orbit. In the last launch, we reached the orbit of 470, but we did not reach the required speed to place the satellite in orbit.
According to him, stabilizing a carrier satellite around the world requires 10 to 12 launches to reach the desired point. Zarehpour emphasizes that Iran’s satellite has had seven flights so far and this goal must be achieved in the future. According to him, the development of space industry applications is another program of this ministry. According to him, the space industry is one of the most advanced industries in the world and its presence in this industry makes Iran one of the developed countries.
Economicization of the space industry
The Minister of Communications announced in this conversation that one of the resolutions of the High Space Council is to make the space industry practical and economical. He believes that the country needs a long-term plan to achieve the horizons that have been drawn in the space industry. Zarehpour explained in this regard:
In the past, we had a 10-year space plan that came to an end. In the new 10-year space plan, we have a clear vision of reaching the geo layer (orbits above 35,000 km are called high altitude or geo orbits), which is a very strategic situation for Iran, and we must work to maintain our orbital points in this layer. Our goal is to reach the geo layer in the thirteenth government; Of course, it is hard work. To achieve this goal, an eight-year plan has been envisaged and we are working on it. Of course, in the meeting that was held, it was decided to implement this program faster.
Referring to Iran’s other plans in the space industry, he said: “We seek to converge with all devices to pave the way for Iran to reach established technologies for different layers of the earth. We started with the Leo layer, and next year will be the year of the satellite’s stabilization in the Leo orbit (called the LEO) at an altitude of 2,000 km above the Earth’s surface, and we will plan for other layers as well.
Compensation for backlogs
According to Issa Zarepour, Iran is in a good position in the space industry, but there have been interruptions in the last 10 years that need to be remedied. According to him, the 1401 budget bill has a smaller budget for this sector than the previous year, but in general, this budget is much better than previous years. According to the Minister of Communications, all the capacities of the 13th government have been used to compensate for the backwardness of the past and to advance the country’s space industry program quickly.
“In this short period of time, hope has returned to space industry activists, and we promise that with the expansion of the projects we are undertaking, experts in this field will return to the space industry cycle and play a role in the development of the country’s strategic industry,” Zarepour said.