About Us


Iranian Space Research Center (ISRC) is affiliated with Iran’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (ICT) and was founded in 2012 based on the license issued by the Council of Higher Education Development in order to obviate needs of the country in the field of space science and technology.

ISRC is a science-based, product-oriented and innovative organization that works in different aspects of Space science and technology from “Research and Development to Manufacturing and Test on Communications and Remote Sensing Satellites Projects and “Navigation and Positioning”.

ISRC goal is to obtain advanced space technologies in order to develop space systems for domestic needs and cooperate with other countries in undertaking peaceful space activities.

Affiliated Research Institutes

ISRC is composed of 5 research institutes and a center as follows:
  1. Satellite Research Institute
  2. Space Transportation Research Institute
  3. Mechanics Research Institute
  4. Materials and Energy Research Institute
  5. Space Actuators Research Institute
  6. Center for Space Research


Space Transportation Research Institute

Space Transportation Research Institute, located in Tehran province, offers services in the field of space & aerospace technology and ICT. Development and acquisition of the required technology as well as design and development of space payload transportation systems and working on propulsion systems are the main activities of this research institute.

Followings are some of the projects implemented in Space Transportation Research Institute :
  1. Conceptual design of the upper stage for transferring satellites from LEO to GEO and determining the requirements of the launch vehicles
  2. Design and manufacturing of the first domestic spherical solid propellant space rocket “Arash-22”
  3. achievement of the propellant technology required for solid propellant space rockets
  4. Detailed simulation of the upper stage launch, separation and deployment
  5. Recovery of space payloads in supersonic speeds (for the first time in Iran)
  6. Design of different cold and hot separation systems
  7. Design, manufacturing, launch and recovery of sounding rockets
  8. Design and manufacturing of hybrid engines
  9. Design and development of the fixed ground station for remote sensing
  10. Design and development of telemetry systems for launch vehicles and upper stages
  11. Design and manufacturing of nanostructures for the body of space systems
  12. Manufacturing of nano ceramic coatings to protect different components from high temperatures in space missions
  13. Space thrusters Design
  14. Ultra-light, light and resistant composite parts Design
Laboratories and workshops of the Space Transportation Research Institute are as follows:
  • Chemistry and Polymer Laboratories, including: chromatography, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, dimensional analysis and mechanical-physical characteristics
  • Metallurgy Laboratory, including: evaluation of metals’ mechanical-physical properties and mechanics laboratory
  • Specific workshops, including: machine tools, metal shaping, casting in vacuum, CNG, filament widening, autoclave and parallel processing system software facilities, external ballistic examination
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spherical solid propellant space rocket   Upper Stage


Satellite Research Institute

Main responsibilities of the Satellite Research Institute (SRI) include: Research and Development, applied and experimental projects in the field of space science and technology as well as design and manufacturing of communications and remote sensing satellite. Some of the projects in the field of satellites which are undertaken at SRI are as follows:

▖   Nahid-1 Project:
The flight model of Nahid-1 was shown on 14th  February 2016 in the National Space Technology Day in presence of President Hassan Rouhani.

Nahid-1 missions are defined as the first step for in house development of geostationary communications satellite for the first time and its results can be used as the basic technology needed for operational satellites.

Nahid-1, as a micro-satellite, was assumed to test deployment of solar panels in orbit, Communication in Ku-band, taking pictures of the deployment process and estimating the opening rate.

Three-axis attitude control, satellite positioning, and effective S-band communication can be figured out as the secondary objectives of this project.
Nahid 1 Satellite

▖   Nahid-2 Project:
Nahid-2 is a communications microsatellite in LEO to develop some other critical subsystems of GEO communications satellites as the second step in these satellites’ roadmap. This satellite is cubic and generates its required power using the body mounted solar arrays. Nahid-2 satellite will control its attitude in three-axis with a precision better than 3 degrees (RMS). Nahid 2 satellite communicates with ground stations in VHF, UHF, S and Ku bands.  

Nahid2 Satellite

▖  Soha Project:  
Soha Satellite project is for design, development and operation of a remote sensing satellite in orbit with application approach. Soha satellite is going to take images in 7 spectral bands and with a ground resolution of 15 meters. Sending images to the ground station, Soha project will provide a priceless collection of remote sensing data for various fields such as monitoring lands, forests, water and mines.

Soha CAD Model

▖   Satellite Simulation General Software (SIL Project)
The project aims to validate the operation of satellites in various orbits of the spacecraft from the moment of launch till the end of the mission. Subsystems and system-level elements are also included. All of the satellite system’s elements and its operational environment have been simulated based on technical issues. The integrated simulator has been ready in form of an aggregated set up to investigate the performance of each subsystem independently, and also in interaction with other subsystems and facing errors, disturbances and unknown scenarios.

▖   Development and Improvement of Space Related Technologies:
In addition to the afore-mentioned projects and products, SRI has covered different research activities on satellites and related sciences, which some of them are listed as below:

○   Space LIDAR Payload Design:
  LIDAR Payload includes a laser, a telescope and a detector. The most important use of this Payload is in the study of atmospheric parameters, Aerosol monitoring and Atmospheric correction of satellite images.


○   Fuzzy Array Antenna:
In order to reduce the power consumption of remote sensing satellites ¬in real-time data transmission, using a phased array antenna as the satellite antenna has been proposed. This project covers design and simulation of¬ a Phased Array Antenna.

○     Satellite Thermal Environment Simulation:
Satellite Thermal Environment Simulator presents space thermal conditions of a satellite in orbit and investigates the operation of thermal control subsystem in these environmental conditions.

 ○   MPFL Thermal Control System:
This project reviews the use of thermal control systems based on circulation of pumped fluids to accelerate and increase heat transfer in satellites.

Laboratories and R&D Equipment:
SRI has laboratories for telecommunications, electronics and electrical, and also attitude determination and control. There is also a “hardware in the loop (HIL)” lab and an integration area for micro to small satellites.

Clean Room:
SRI has a clean room in small size for micro to small satellites with an area of 22.5 m2 and a height of 2.4 meters, in the class of 100000 in accordance with the E 209 standard.


Space Thrusters Research Institute

In order to achieve industrial independency and the need to solve technical and engineering problems, Space Thrusters Research Institute was founded in 1986 in East Azerbaijan.
The Space Thrusters Research Institute has gained valuable and rewarding achievements in the field of space technology. Some of the
projects which have been carried out are as follows:
  • Reaction Wheels
  • Pin Puller
  • Tubular Gravity Gradient Boom
  • Antenna Opening Mechanism
  • Solar Panel Deployment Mechanism
  • Solar Arrays  Driver Assembly Mechanism
  • Magnetic Torquer
  • Eddy Current Damper
  • Ion Thrusters
  • Cold Gas Thruster
  • Hall Effect Thruster
  • Pulsed Plasma Thrusters
pin puller Reaction Wheel
  1. Weather Modification by Atmosphere Ionization
  2. Ozone Generators with Various Capacities and Applications
  3. Horizontal Directional Drilling
  4. Manufacturing Transceiver Horizontal Directional Drilling
  5. Hydroponic System (Rotary Model, Container Model)
  6. Impacting Fire Extinguisher
  7. Bridge Layer
  8. Explosion-Proof Security Door
  9. Electrostatic Sprayer
  10. Recovery Vehicle Equipment

Materials and Energy Research Institute

Materials and Energy Research Institute, located in Isfahan Province, is responsible for the implementation of research and development and applied projects in the field of innovative technologies.

Materials and Energy Research Institute has implemented numerous scientific, technical and industrial projects related to fuel cells and detectors, some of which are as follows:
  • Acquisition of the technical knowledge required for design and manufacturing of honeycomb sandwich structures used in space systems
  • Acquisition of the technical knowledge  required for design and manufacturing of the solar panels used in space systems
  • Development of the technical knowledge, technology development and manufacturing of honeycomb sandwich structure cores applicable in space systems
  • Conceptual design, engineering and manufacturing of 5KW and 10KW fuel cells (CHP) capable of using heat and electricity simultaneously
  • Conceptual design, engineering and manufacturing of 32KW fuel cells
  • Design and manufacturing of the test system for fuel cells
  • Feasibility study, design and manufacturing of the DC-DC electrical converter for space applications
  • Design and manufacturing of compact polymer fuel cell systems
  • Development of the knowledge and technology required for manufacturing of multilayer thermal insulations used in space systems
  • Feasibility study, design and manufacturing of the heat pipes used in space systems
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10KW fuel cells solar panels

Mechanics Research Institute

Mechanics Research Institute, located in Shiraz city, is responsible for research in various industrial and space fields such as “Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)”, “Space Sensors”, and “Satellite energy storage.”

Among the projects implemented in Mechanics Research Institute, the following can be mentioned:

▖   Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR):
Active imaging in radio wave frequency range is widely used. In this field, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) as a remote sensing system is the most effective radio imaging equipment with high quality and resolution. It has several advantages compared to other imaging methods, such as the ability to work during the day and night with different weather conditions. Mechanics Research Institute designed and implemented the first Iranian airborne SAR. The recorded images have been processed by powerful processing system. This technology has other applications in geological and agricultural studies, discoveries, desertification, natural disasters and traffic.
Further research for developed SAR is ongoing for space borne system.

▖   Millimeter Wavelength Detector:
The system scans people in a short time, without physical inspection and in a subtle way, then warns if explosives are discovered. The system uses two methods for detecting: Three dimensional millimeter wave imaging and non-imaging method in millimeter wavelength range. The system is used in indoor spaces such as meeting halls, high-rank official's offices, airports, and in outdoor spaces such as border areas and inspection stations.

▖   Space Sensors:
Sun sensor, Earth horizon sensor, Star sensor and Magnetometer are some main devices utilized for attitude determination of the satellites or spacecraft in order to control their state to desirable.

Mechanics Research Institute has responsibility for acquisition and improvement of the required technologies and infrastructures in the field of engineering, design, implementation, test and verification of space sensors.

Some of the early prototypes of the afore-mentioned sensors are also provided by the engineering team and certified laboratories have provided facilities sensors verification of space application.

One of the other missions assigned to this research group is the development of high resolution remote optical sensors. These sensing payloads are utilized in many peaceful space applications such as mapping, agriculture, mining, and observation of environmental changes.

▖   Electrical power Reservoir Systems:
A reliable energy source is very essential to provide electrical power for a spacecraft subsystem such as control, navigation, communication and thermal management.

Development of special Lithium Ion battery has been assigned to Mechanics Research Institute to achieve desirable products for space application.

Packing set of batteries is another area of research in Mechanics Research Institute. These battery packs include balancer, charger and power management system.


Facilities at Mechanics Research Institute:
There are different laboratories providing facilities for projects and researches, including: Optic, Magnetic, Microwave and Digital laboratories, Membrane and Battery laboratory, Material Science and metallurgical laboratories, Chemical Analysis laboratory, Pilot plants, Wind tunnel, and Machine workshop.

Our laboratories are certified by Iranian standard organization and accredited by ISO17025 providing facilities for industry and academic organization. Our powerful fast processing supercomputer center provides facilities for data processing. We are an active member of scientific Iranian laboratories (SHAA) and Iran High-Tech Laboratories Network.

Center for Space Research

Center for Space Research, located in Tehran Province works in the field of “space communications”, “space science and explorations”, “remote sensing” and “ICT”. Some of the projects implemented at the Center for Space Research are as follows:
  • Space Communications: some of the projects implemented in this field include “design, Manufacturing and test of the qualitative and engineering model of Ku & X band communications links for Nahid-1 satellite system”, “design, manufacturing and test of the UHF band communications link for upper stage systems”, “design, manufacturing and test of the Ku band transponder”, “design, manufacturing and test of the ground station” and “design and manufacturing of Ku & S band tracking system for Nahid-1 satellite system”.
  • Space Exploration: Indigenizing the conceptual design, initial design, detailed design and manufacturing of radio telescope systems.
  • Remote Sensing: some of the projects implemented in this field are “performing the initial studies required for creating and operating a system for cloud detection and monitoring”, “performing the initial studies required to develop an optimal model for monitoring land changes” and “performing the initial studies required for detection and feasibility study of creating and operating a system for evaporation and transpiration estimation”.
  • ICT: “Indigenizing the design, manufacturing and test of weather radar systems” and “Feasibility study and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the field of agriculture” are among the projects implemented in the field of ICT.  
  • Infrastructure Projects: Design and implementation of a system for detecting satellites and extracting their positions i.e. “TLE extraction”.
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    Qualitative Model of Ku Band
    Communications Link

Space Systems Assembly, Integration and Test Center

Space Systems Assembly, Integration and Test Center of the Iranian Space Research Center is an important infrastructure which is required for supporting the development of space products. This center which is capable of offering services to other industries including Aerospace, Marine, Aviation, Automotive and Communications is comprised of 9 laboratories as follows:
  • Mass Properties Laboratory
  • Thermal Vacuum Chamber Laboratory
  • Static Loading Laboratory
  • Modal Laboratory
  • Vibrations and Shock Laboratory
  • Alignment Laboratory
  • EMC/EMI Laboratory
  • Attitude Control Laboratory
  • Acoustics Laboratory

There is also a Mechanical Workshop in Space Systems Assembly, Integration and Test Center of the Iranian Space Research Center. The mechanical workshop has come to operation in order to support the manufacturing process of space equipment and performing tests. Manufacturing of accurate parts, test fixtures, assembly and disassembly process are among the services offered in the mechanical workshop.

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Thermal Vacuum Chamber Laboratory  Vibrations and Shocks Laboratory

Mission Statement

Development of the domestic technologies, infrastructures and systems required for peaceful uses of space and improvement of human life, according to the needs and priorities of I.R. of Iran for rapid and sustainable development of science, technology, economy and culture.
Mission Statement

Vision Statement

Obtaining the highest regional position in space industry, applications, related technologies and infrastructures through acquisition and development of the technical knowledge required for design, manufacturing and operation of satellites as well as space systems for communications. remote sensing and exploration mission.

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Contact Us

Iranian Space Research Center, No. 182, Shahid Teymouri Blvd., Tarasht, Tehran, Iran
Postal Code: 1459777511
Telephone: +9821 6606 5030, +9821 6606 5044, +9821 6606 5049, +9821 6606 5068
Fax: +9821 6600 8615
Email: international@isrc.ac.ir, public@isrc.ac.ir
President Email Address: h.samimi@isrc.ac.ir