Iran Becoming a Space Power


With the success of a domestically-built and -launched satellite in February 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran became the first Islamic nation and the ninth nation overall to launch its own payload into orbit.

Since that launch, Iran has expanded its activities in space, reporting that it has committed significant funds to its space program, announcing new satellite and rocket plans, as well as promising to put a man in orbit by 2025.

Secure World Foundation (SWF) has issued an Iranian Space Launch Capabilities Fact Sheet with Tiffany Chow as its main author from SWF’s Washington, D.C. office.


India Wooing Iran With ISRO Satellite Launch Offer


Delhi reaches out to lonely Tehran, may offer ISRO launch for satellite
Indian Express

New Delhi plans to woo Tehran with offers of greater intelligence sharing, revival of defence training and a possible launch of the latter’s satellite but will remain non-committal on the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.


Iranians Planning Human Spaceflight Program

The Tehran Times says that Iran is planning to become the latest country to send humans into space:

Iran plans to send astronauts into space and is currently conducting the relevant studies, Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour announced on Saturday.


Iranian President: We’re Now a Space and Nuclear Power

Iranian president declares his country a space and nuclear power
RIA Novosti

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that pressure from Western powers trying to keep Iran in economic isolation have in fact spurred the country to become a space and nuclear power.


Iran Joins Space Age as it Lofts Satellite into Orbit

Iran launches own space satellite to mark 30 years since revolution
Times Online

Iran has claimed success in launching its first home-built satellite into orbit, using a rocket which the West believes is part of its long-term ballistic missile programme.