Iran to launch 'Dousti Satellite' soon: ICT minister
Minister of Communications and Information Technology said that Iran’s Dousti Satellite is ready to launch, awaiting the permission of the Ministry of Defense.
Iran Press/Iran news: ''Soon we will have good news for the people because Dousti satellite is ready and we are waiting for the final say of the Defense Ministry to put it into the Earth's orbit," said Iran's Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi on Monday.
He added that the Iranian youth have built several satellites during past several years.
Jahromi was addressing the inauguration ceremony of an ICT park in the north-eastern city of Mashad, Iran Press reported.
Iran Space Agency contracted Sharif Industrial University to design and build Dousti satellite in a bid to acquire the technology that will be installed and used for the first time in Iran's satellites, according to the minister.
Meaning 'friendship' in Persian, 'Dousti' is a micro-class 52-kilogram satellite developed by the experts from Sharif University of Technology.
It is a remote-sensing satellite, which will orbit the Earth at an altitude of between 250 km and 310 km, commonly known as Low Earth Orbit.
Iran has successfully launched other satellites into orbit with the country’s Safir-1, Safir-1A and Safir-1B rockets.
The satellites made in Iran so far have been remote sensing satellites, while the efforts for producing local telecoms satellites began three years ago.105