Iran is sending satellites into space even after restrictions – Russia is helping
After the cancellation of the nuclear deal, Russia is cooperating by becoming a helper of Iran amid severe sanctions. Russia’s space agency Roscosmos is going to launch a satellite of Iran next week.
The spacecraft, a remote sensing satellite named ‘Khayyam’, will be sent into orbit on August 9 by a Soyuz-2.1B rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in neighboring Kazakhstan, the Roscosmos space agency said. Russia has leased a spaceport in southern Kazakhstan.
According to the news, this Earth observation satellite of Iran has been named after the famous Persian polymath Omar Khayyam, who is known globally for his contributions in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and poetry.
The satellite will reportedly improve Iran’s agricultural productivity, better monitor water resources, monitor natural disasters, under-construction development projects and keep a close watch on the country’s borders.
Despite US sanctions, Iran has made great progress in the field of technology in the past few years. Earlier this year, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Aerospace Force launched its second satellite, Nur-2, into Lower Earth Orbit (LEO), nearly two years after the launch of its first military satellite. According to Iranian scientists, the Nur-2 satellite will help in carrying out many military and civilian missions in Iran.