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Iran begins manufacturing its 'most modern, accurate' satellite

This handout video grab taken and released on August 9, 2022 by the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, shows the Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying Iran's Khayyam satellite blasting off from a launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. (Via AFP)

The Iranian Space Organization (ISA) has announced the launch of the production process of "Pars-3," the country's "most modern and accurate" satellite.

Hassan Salarieh, head of the organization, provided the information on Thursday, Iran's Tasnim News Agency reported.

"Previously, we had given some promises about the production of remote sensing satellites with high accuracy," he said.

"Today, I proudly announce that the ISA has taken a very important step in the area of designing and producing indigenous remote sensing satellites with very good accuracy," Salarieh added.

He named "Pars-2" and "Pars-3" as two such satellites, whose production procedures had "officially started."

Salarieh identified "Pars-2" and "Pars-3" as satellites with respective imaging precision of four and two meters.

Iran is among the world's top 10 countries capable of manufacturing and launching satellites.

The country launched its first satellite Omid (Hope) in 2009 and its Rasad (Observation) satellite was sent into orbit in 2011.

In 2012, Iran successfully put its third domestically-made satellite, Navid (Good News), into orbit.

In April 2020, the country announced the successful launch of its first military satellite into orbit. And in March 2022, it blasted its second military satellite into space.

Also in August last year, Iran launched Khayyam, a high-resolution imaging satellite, into orbit. The satellite was sent into space from the Moscow-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, utilizing a Soyuz 2.1 B rocket.

In February, Iran unveiled two indigenous telecommunications and imaging satellites designed and manufactured by the country’s specialists.

The two technological achievements, dubbed Nahid-2 (Venus-2) and Tolou-3 (Sunrise-3), were showcased during a ceremony held in May in Tehran on the occasion of Iran’s National Space Technology Day.

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