An official has confirmed that Iran plans to launch seven satellites in 2013, Tehran Times reports.
Iran Space Agency Director Hamid Fazeli said that several universities will help the state develop the satellites.
According to the report, the Amirkabir University of Technology-designed Nahid satellite will include a “unique technology.”
Iran also plans to launch a communication satellite Mesbah, a solar energy-powered reconnaissance satellite, Fajr and the University of Science and Technology-built Zafar satellite for surveying oil reserves, mines, jungles and natural disasters.
Fazeli added that the agency is working to develop rockets that can carry heavier satellites.