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Zafar Satellite Launch Planned for September 2019 (Simorgh SLV)
#1
The Zafar satellite is 90kg thus will be launched by the Simorgh SLV (good news, Safir is obsolete now). 

I think Zafar satellite was ready from 2011, but too many satellites and not enough launches = 8 year delay in launch! 

The resolution is reported at 80m, which is very poor. Especially when Iran has satellites with <10m resolution now and is aiming for 1-2m resolution in the next few years.

Regardless, this will be a good step and hopefully it will be the first successful launch of the Simorgh SLV. 


https://en.mehrnews.com/news/144834/Zafa...hed-on-Sep
#2
They are running behind on schedule to put the first Iranian in space. This was supposed to have happened during the Ahmadinejad era. So late now!
#3
(05-31-2019, 01:38 PM)lulldapull Wrote: They are running behind on schedule to put the first Iranian in space. This was supposed to have happened during the Ahmadinejad era. So late now!
I think they officially abandoned this goal a while ago. Space agency's budget was cut hugely after Ahmadinejad.
#4
(05-08-2019, 04:58 PM)Persian Gulf Wrote: The Zafar satellite is 90kg thus will be launched by the Simorgh SLV (good news, Safir is obsolete now). 

I think Zafar satellite was ready from 2011, but too many satellites and not enough launches = 8 year delay in launch! 

The resolution is reported at 80m, which is very poor. Especially when Iran has satellites with <10m resolution now and is aiming for 1-2m resolution in the next few years.

Regardless, this will be a good step and hopefully it will be the first successful launch of the Simorgh SLV. 


https://en.mehrnews.com/news/144834/Zafa...hed-on-Sep
Obsolete by what standard?What SLV they will use depend on what type of satellite is...it weight and orbit altitude they plan to put satallite to...only idiot would use much expensive and complex SLV to put spy satellite in LEO ....when it can be done with less complex and cheap SLV already used and tested...will they use Simorgh or Saphir depend on that...nothing else,Simorgh is used to put satellites in much higher orbit than any satellite lunched on Saphir...last attempt,unsuccessful unfortunate, was completely new domain for Iran,orbit was on more than double attitude than satellites delivered by Saphir.
Obsolete would mean Iran have cheaper and more safe SLV for same job...and as I remember Simorgh is more complex, expensive, and ment to deliver heavier satellites in higher orbits....
Second...camera is not only device attached to satellites...there are other things...communication devices,link mirrors..etc and some roles doesn't require 1m resolution camera... It is again cost,requirements...etc what should be considered.
#5
(06-01-2019, 04:33 AM)admin Wrote: Obsolete by what standard?What SLV they will use depend on what type of satellite is...it weight and orbit altitude they plan to put satallite to...only idiot would use much expensive and complex SLV to put spy satellite in LEO ....when it can be done with less complex and cheap SLV already used and tested...will they use Simorgh or Saphir depend on that...nothing else,Simorgh is used to put satellites in much higher orbit than any satellite lunched on Saphir...last attempt,unsuccessful unfortunate, was completely new domain for Iran,orbit was on more than double attitude than satellites delivered by Saphir.
Obsolete would mean Iran have cheaper and more safe SLV for same job...and as I remember Simorgh is more complex, expensive, and ment to deliver heavier satellites in higher orbits....
Second...camera is not only device attached to satellites...there are other things...communication devices,link mirrors..etc and some roles doesn't require 1m resolution camera... It is again cost,requirements...etc what should be considered.
To my understanding recon satellites are usually heavier than 50kg. For example, the Israeli Ofek recon satellites weigh 300kg. 

Most of the satellites scheduled for launch using safir are obsolete by the standard of time (most were produced 10 years ago whereas now iran can produce far superior satellites, but these new satellites have to join the long queue...) and technical characteristics (e.g. SAR resolution of >50m!).

But of course you are right that there are many purposes for launching different types of satellites with lots of other factors like cost etc, it is just disappointing to see lack of progress in this area.
#6
Well hope we will see more progress in future
#7
(06-02-2019, 09:30 AM)admin Wrote: Well hope we will see more progress in future
Yes, the most important thing is that we get more launches, regardless of their satellite payloads.
#8
https://twitter.com/FarsNews_Agency/stat...8383622144

Zafar satellite still scheduled for launch with Simorgh SLV in 2-3 months... I hope for the best!
  


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