Aug 26, 2015

Russia to Develop Earth Remote-Sensing Satellite System for Iran

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Earlier in the day, Iranian Vice President Sorena Sattari reiterated Tehran’s interest in cooperating with Russia in the space and aviation industries.

Two Russian space companies and Iranian Bonyan Danesh Shargh firm signed on Tuesday an agreement on joint development of an Earth remote-sensing satellite system for Iran, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.

“The sides signed the agreement [at the MAKS-2015 air show] in the presence of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Roscosmos General Director Igor Komarov,” Roscosmos said in a statement.

The pre-contractual arrangement covers the development of an earth remote-sensing system based on an upgraded version of the Kanopus-V1 (Canopus-B) observation satellite, Russia’s VNIIEM Corporation CEO Leonid Makridenko specified.

“The launch [of the system] on a Russian Soyuz carrier rocket is tentatively scheduled for 2018,” Makridenko told reporters.