Despite failing to make orbit after its launch, the Payam telecommunications satellite «was not a failure» according to Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, speaking at a ceremony marking National Space Day in Tehran on Sunday.
«Our team has started [its work anew] seriously and in three years, the same team will deliver a satellite with an... Еще accuracy of forty times higher,» said Azari Jahromi.
The Iranian minister also slammed allegations that Iran was using its satellite program to further its missile program saying, «Two international institutions reported that Iran's space program is a peaceful program and is not a program to cover anything up.»
Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the President of the Iranian Space Agency Dr. Morteza Barari also explained some of the achievements of the Payam satellite and expressed Iran's willingness to cooperate in the field of aerospace with its neighbouring countries.
Payam was designed to conduct imagery and telecommunication missions at an altitude of 500 kilometres (311 miles) but failed to reach orbit after it launched from the Imam Khomeini Spaceport on January 15.