Efforts are underway to, by having an active presence in space industry’s international arenas, prepare the conditions for making maximum use of global opportunities and capacities in the form of initiating joint cooperation, exporting products and knowledge-based services, transferring technology and attracting foreign investments.
The head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), Morteza Barari, added his agency plans to use such capacities and opportunities to develop domestic space sector’s technology and economy, according to a report by the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
Speaking in a ceremony to commemorate the National Day of Space Technology, he said, “Today, the country’s space industry boasts of significant achievements in different fields such as creating elites, developing and indigenizing modern technologies to design, build and launch satellites as well as space probes and creating indigenous space infrastructure.”
Barari said as acknowledged by leading international reference organizations, Iran is among the countries possessing the complete cycle of indigenous space technology and can become a major player in this filed at international levels in coming years.
He noted that developing the space technology by 2025 has highly been stressed in the strategic plan for the domestic space sector, adding preparing the ground for private businesses to participate in the development of the space technology and using this knowledge in other industrial fields are among the ISA’s goals.
The ISA head said an economic approach will be adopted to draw up plans for the future of the domestic space sector.
He added currently, a large number of countries, in addition to benefiting from the space technology’s direct advantages, are using its capacity to stimulate economic and social development.
According to international statistics, during the past 10 years, the space economy has witnessed a 100-percent growth which has been relatively higher than the average global economic growth rate, Barari said.
“At present, the value of the space industry’s economy stands at $340 billion which, according to some predictions, will increase to $510 billion, or even $640 billion, by 2025, experiencing a growth of, at least, 50 percent in eight years.”
The ISA head added the number of the satellites in earth’s orbits, currently standing at 14,500, is estimated to rise to 20,000 in 20 years, which would be an indication of the increase in different countries’ space activities.
He said raising the number of space satellites will have positive impacts on employment and entrepreneurship, in addition to making it possible to provide services in the fields of communications, economy, agriculture, industry and mine, disaster management and environment.
Barari stressed that, “We will do our best to play a more significant role in improving the space economy by stimulating demands, particularly those of the executive apparatuses, preparing the ground for the participation of the private sector in the development of the country’s space sector and setting up new businesses.
Commenting on the country’s strategic space plan by 2025, he said issuing the permit for satellite operators is among the projects currently underway by the ISA in cooperation with the Communications Regulatory Authority of Iran, the implementation of which is in its final stages.