Iranâ€™s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says the country will launch two new domestically made satellites by March 2011.
â€œTwo satellites named â€˜Fajrâ€™ and â€˜Rasadâ€™ will be launched into space by the end of the [current Iranian] year,â€ Vahidi was quoted by Fars news agency as saying on Saturday.
â€œDifferent satellites are being constructed [in the country], and at least two satellites will be launched by the end of the year,â€ he said.
â€œThese satellites are quite different from previous ones and are able to stay in space longer,â€ the Iranian defense chief added.
â€œThe energy system of these satellites has improved,â€ he further explained.
Iran launched its first domestically-produced satellite, Omid, in 2009.
To date, only eight countries have put domestically-made satellites into orbit.
Iran also announced in early December that it was getting prepared to launch its first manned mission into space.
â€œThe initial steps for the plan have been taken, and the study phase on the definition of subsystems, sub-projects, costs, and what projects need to be developed toward that end, has been conducted, which needs to be submitted to the Supreme Council on Space,â€ said Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour.
Iran unveiled its first major space center in 2008 by launching the first Iranian rocket, Explorer-1, into space.
Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.