Iran announces plans to build three more satellites with Russia

Iranian Minister of Information and Communication Technologies Isa Zarepur said that Iran plans to build three more satellites together with Russia, similar to the one launched on August 9 from the Baikonur cosmodrome.

“God forbid, according to the agreements reached, we will build Khayyam-2, Khayyam-3 and Khayyam-4 in cooperation with Russia,” Zarepur said (quoted by TASS).

He noted that the Khayyam satellite project was developed by the Iranian Space Agency, and its production took place on the territory of Russia.

On August 9, the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Iranian Earth remote sensing satellite (ERS) Khayyam was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The rocket also delivered 16 small vehicles into space.

Russia and Iran signed an agreement on the creation of a space system for remote sensing in 2015. According to the document, the VNIIEM corporation was responsible for the development and launch of the satellite, the BARL research and production concern was engaged in finalizing the ground infrastructure, and the Iranian company Boniyan Danesh Sharg acted as the operator of the space systems.

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