President of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) addressed media reporters on the onset of the World Space Week (October 4-10), mentioning international cooperation and the collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), stating: “The Chairmanship of APSCO was held by Iran for two years, with quite favorable outcomes
The ICT’s Public Relation reports that, Dr. Mohsen Bahrami referred to the two projects of student satellites and mini-satellites, regarding joint projects with APSCO, stating that: “Iran Space Agency, as one of the founders and principal members of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization, has participated in both projects and is a member of their management teams.”
He further elaborated regarding with APSCO’s Student Small Satellite (SSS) project, saying: “The main objective behind this project is promoting collaboration between universities of APSCO member countries, in order to pool their space knowledge and increase their capabilities in the arena of space activities.”
Stating that this project was actually a satellite constellation, consisting of a group of three satellites, Dr. Bahrami added: “This project is a joint collaboration between eight countries of Iran, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Mongolia, Peru, Thailand and Bangladesh; and in this regard we are collaborating via Amir Kabir and Khajeh Nassir Universities with China’s Beihang University in this project.”
The ICT Deputy Minister went on to say, “In regard to the same project, last summer we held a training course titled ‘Mission Design and Project Planning on Student Small Satellite Project (SSS)’ in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization, which was the very first SSS project-related training program.”
Dr. Bahrami also mentioned APSCO’s Small Multi-Mission Satellite (SMMS) Constellation Program, including that: “This project entailed designing, constructing and testing of a satellite constellation consisting of eleven satellites, three of which, that are remote sensing satellites, are operational. The other eight satellites consist of two sensory satellites and a constellation of six communication microsatellites.”
He continued by pointing out the successful implementation of the first series of the Iranian Cube-Satellite construction project, and reported of the holding of the second round of these competitions simultaneously with the National space Day, saying: “It has been decided that Kashan University is going to introduce projects for holding the cube-sat competitions, every year.”
Dr. Bahrami mentioned Asia-Pacific Ground-based Optical Satellite Observation System (APOSOS), as another joint project with APSCO, saying: “The project is being implemented since 2009 among APSCO members (Iran, China, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Bangladesh and Thailand); The project aims to develop a unified space observation network based on optical trackers in APSCO Member States.”
The President of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) counted the presence in space and the utilization of its benefits for provision of communication and telecommunication channels, as principal efforts for registration and adoption of orbital slots and deployment of operational satellites at those slots, and said: “In this regard, and in the area of non-geosynchronous satellites, we have established 15 satellite filings for Iran, out of which 5 filings have been managed in the 11th government.”
He reported of the concluded negotiations to acquire the required orbit/frequency licenses for telecommunication satellites in geosynchronous orbit, stating that: “We Negotiation &International Agreement ; thus securing this orbit for the next three years in Ka and Ku frequencies, and with it, the opportunity for providing an appropriate telecommunication satellite at this position
Dr. Bahrami asserted that: “The Iransat satellite (Badr-5), with a coverage of Iran and a good portion of middle Asia and the Persian Gulf regions, has become operational since 2010, and is providing services for us in six BSS transponders and three FSS transponders within the joint project framework between Iran’s ISA and Arabsat company, providing for our country’s requirements for the coming 14 years.”
ISA President included that: “In order to develop the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), Land Preparation, and the Disaster Risk Reduction, in step with the development of domestic technology and know-how, negotiations took place for purchase of an operational remote sensing satellite and after the legal proceedings; the purchase contract was signed and finalized.”
Referring to the active participation of ISA in the workgroup concentrated on formulating the Long Term Sustainability of Outer-Space Activities (LTS) document of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), he stated: “From June 2009, United Nations chose Iran’s ISA as the Regional Support Office (RSO) of the ‘United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response’ (UN-SPIDER) to provide its services to other nations via this channels.”
It should be mentioned that The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events: October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration, and October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
Each year, the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) as the host of this event, celebrates this week with the cooperation of other organizations, universities, and the related bodies in the field of space technology, by implementing special programs throughout the country.