“The first stage of the construction Payam II satellite, including the conceptual designing and 4 fields of technological development, has ended and the project will end in the product by the year 2022,” Seyed Mostafa Safavi told FNA on Saturday.
He added that Payam II satellite will be missioned to send images with a resolution of less than one meter, adding that it will be orbited in an altitude of 500km to 600km.
In January, Iran launched its Payam (Message) satellite into space with an aim to collect data on environmental change; however, technical problems that occurred during the final stage of the launch prevented the spacecraft from reaching orbit.
Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using Kavoshgar (Explorer)-3 carrier.
In February 2015, Iran placed its domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite into orbit, which is capable of taking and transmitting high-quality photos to stations on Earth.
Meantime, Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari told FNA in February that his compatriot scientists and researchers had made great achievements in the field of space technology, adding that his country would send 4 home-made satellites into orbit in the next local calendar year (March 2020-March 2021).
He said Iranian researchers and scientists had made great accomplishments in the field of space and aeronautics, so much so that his country was among the top 5 countries of the world with a space station and among top 9 countries of the world in the field of designing and making satellites.
Barari added that accordingly, Iran would launch 4 home-made satellites into the space in the next local calendar year of 1399 (March 21, 2020-March 20, 2021), explaining that "one satellite would be sent to the orbit in each season".
"These will include two satellites for measurement and imaging and two others for IT purposes," he added.
Barari underlined that the ISA is after contributing to Iran’s advancements and social welfare, reminding that satellites are like propelling engines for these goals.