BERIUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The president of the Iranian University of Science and Industry, Jabbar Ali Zakri, announced that the second satellite manufactured by this university, the “Zafar 2”, is ready for launch.
Zakri pointed out that the period of making the satellite inside the country takes between 18 to 24 months at a maximum, and said that the Iranian University of Science and Industry has prepared the second model of the Zafar satellite, which is ready for launch and stability in the space orbit around the Earth, after it approval from the space organization.
He stressed, “The university signed a contract with the Ministry of Communications to design and manufacture satellites, and the Zafar 1 satellite was the university’s first production, as it was delivered to the space organization, but it could not reach orbit due to the emergence of a technical problem in the launch device. The second industrial manufactured satellite by the university is Zafar-2, its conditions are better than the first satellite.”
Zakri said that Iran is able to complete all stages of design and manufacturing of satellites by 100 percent, by Iranian elites and scientists, in a period ranging between 18 to 24 months, “as we have gained good experiences in this field.”
Iran was previously slammed by the United States for sending a satellite into orbit earlier this year; it was later ridiculed and mocked by officials in Washington.
The Islamic Republic is one of the few countries in this world that have managed to send satellites into orbit, a feat that has established Iran as one of the top rocket producers across the globe.