“The building of the AUT Sat satellite is moving in a desirable process and according to the time-table, and it will be launched next year,” Head of Amir Kabir University of Technology Seyed Ahmad Mo’tamedi told the state-run news agency on Tuesday.
“In the AUT Sat satellite plan, first a laboratorial sample and then the larger sizes were built, but the final version of the satellite has not yet been completed,” he added.
AUT Sat, developed by Iranian scientists at Amir Kabir University of Technology, is a monitoring and telecommunications satellite, which weighs 100 kilograms. It is expected to have a lifespan of two years.
Also in October, Deputy Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli announced that Tehran was preparing to orbit three new home-made satellites, called Zafar (Triumph), Tolou (Sunrise) and Pars, from more powerful launchers and on the back of bigger carriers in the near future.
“Launching the under-construction satellites, including Sharifsat and Nahid, are also among the short-term plans of the ISA,” he added.