Tehran: Iran is working on a plan to launch two communication satellites with Russia by the end of this year.
During the Moscow visit of Iran`s Minister of Telecommunication Reza Taqipour in April, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Taqipour and his Russian counterpart Igor Shchegolev for broader cooperation in the field of telecommunication.
Mohammad Hosseinpour, a senior advisor to Taqipour, told Mehr News Agency Monday that if everything went according to the plan, the two telecommunication satellites would be launched by year-end, Press TV reported.
The new satellites, which are designed to reduce telecom traffic between Russia and Europe, will be equipped with filming applications and data-image transmission sensors.
After launching its first domestically-designed satellite, Omid (Hope), in February last year, Tehran has unveiled three new satellites and a satellite carrier.
Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), which was set up in 1959.