News ID: 237350
Published: 0346 GMT January 14, 2019

Qassemi: Iran will not wait for others’ permission to launch satellite

Qassemi: Iran will not wait for others’ permission to launch satellite

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Iran will not wait for other countries’ permission to launch satellite into orbit.

During his weekly press conference on Monday, Qassemi underlined that none of Iran’s space programs violates the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions including 2231 resolution.

“A domestically-made satellite is set to be launched into space. This is a civilian move with an entirely scientific nature,” IRNA reported.

Earlier in January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Iran's plans for sending satellites into orbit demonstrate the country's defiance of a UN Security Council resolution that calls on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Also on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani said that the country will be placing two satellites – namely Payam (Message) and Doosti (Friendship) – into orbit in the coming days.

Payam is the first operational satellite to be launched by the Islamic Republic, which has so far only launched research satellites into space.

The satellite, the president said, is to be placed into Earth orbit at a height of 600 kilometers above the surface and would overpass the country six times each day. "Using its sensors and cameras, [Payam] will monitor the country's entire expanse and will relay its information to us on a daily basis," he concluded.

The assistant director of the Iranian Space Agency on Sunday announced that the country has tested the flying prototype of an advanced homegrown satellite due to be launched into orbit.

Mina Bayat said several rounds of maneuvers have been conducted to test the performance of the ground stations of the Doosti satellite.

The official said the flying prototype of the satellite was also tested on Saturday again.

Iran has in recent years made great headways in the space technology thanks to the efforts made by its local scientists.

The country successfully launched its first indigenous data-processing satellite, Omid (Hope), into orbit in February 2009.




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