Iran has plans to launch a new advanced home-made satellite into the orbit in near future. Hossein Bolandi, Head of Satellite Technical Support Department at Tehran's University of Science and Technology, said that the satellite named Tadbir (Prudence) is an upgraded version of the Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite earlier put into space. The satellite has Global Positioning System (GPS) and higher precision in taking photos compared to Navid-e Elm-o Sanat satellite, Bolandi said. He added that Iran would also send the Zafar 2 (Triumph 2) satellite into space in May or June, 2014.
The official said that the satellite was totally indigenous. It was manufactured based on European Aerospace Standards. Iran unveiled its first indigenous data-processing satellite, Omid (Hope), into orbit in 2009. Under a plan to develop its space program, Iran also successfully launched its second satellite, named Rassad (Observation), into Earth's orbit in June 2011.
Rassad's mission was to take images of the earth and transmit them including telemetry information to ground stations. Iran unveiled its indigenous Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite into orbit in February 2012. The records made by the telecom, measurement and scientific satellite could be used in a broad range of fields. The Islamic Republic is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations' Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space established in 1959.