Iran Plans to Launch Three Satellites This Year

Iranian satellite launch, July 2017 (Photo: AP)

Iranian media reported Tuesday that the country plans to send three satellites into orbit in the next three months.

State television on Tuesday quoted the head of Iran’s space agency, Morteza Barari, as saying the satellites were to transmit data for civilian purposes such as navigation, agriculture, and the environment.

The announcement comes on the heels of a series of failed launches in 2019.

In September, Iran acknowledged an explosion at the Imam Khomeini Space Center, located 240 kilometers outside of Tehran, which occurred before a satellite launch.

Iranian officials said at the time that a technical malfunction was the cause of the blast, and there have been no signs of sabotage or casualties.

Two other attempts to launch satellites into orbit in January and February also failed.

The US says such satellite launches defy a UN Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. In response, Iran has said that the satellites do not have a military component.

Over the past decade Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit.


[Source: AP]