Iranian Space Agency

Also Known As: 

Iranian Space Organization

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile


No 57/2, Saie st, Vali e asr st, Tehran, Iran


+98 21 220 29100


+98 21 220 29100


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Oversees Iran's space-related initiatives; carries out plans and programs approved by the Supreme Space Council; affiliated with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.

Develops space launch vehicle technologies, which have applications in ballistic missile development; has worked with U.N.-sanctioned Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), which is responsible for Iran's liquid-fueled ballistic missile program; also develops communication and remote sensing satellites and policies for the design, manufacture, and launch of satellites.

In February 2020, reportedly involved in the unsuccessful launch of the Zafar satellite using the Simorgh space launch vehicle (SLV), which was reportedly launched from the Imam Khomeini Space Center; the Simorgh SLV is reportedly a two-stage liquid-fueled rocket capable of carrying a 250 kg payload; in 2009, successfully launched Iran's first domestic communication satellite, Omid, aboard the Safir-2 SLV, a two-stage rocket with a maximum payload weight of 27 kg; in 2008, reportedly collaborated with China and Thailand on the Environment-1 satellite, launched aboard a Chinese rocket and used for monitoring natural disasters.

Subordinate entities include the Aerospace Research Institute (ARI) and the Iran Space Research Center (ISRC); operates the Mahdasht Space Center; oversees Imam Khomeini Space Center, which is used for satellite launches and where Iran reportedly tested Simorgh SLVs in 2016, 2017, and 2019; oversees a satellite launch site near Qom; facilities include a remote-sensing laboratory.

Has reportedly worked on satellite design in cooperation with Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST); reportedly signed an agreement with Amirkabir University of Technology and the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology to develop a rocket capable of carrying a living creature into space; reportedly cooperated with Amirkabir to develop the Nahid satellite and a satellite for earth observation and the evaluation of agricultural products, known as the "AUT SAT"; has reportedly used imported technology in satellites.

In 2018, co-hosted a conference on space law in collaboration with Shahid Beheshti University (SBU), ARI, and the United Nations Information Center; in 2017, reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding on scientific cooperation with the Armed Forces Geographical Organization.

A member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Headed by Morteza Barari, who also serves as Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Technology; other personnel have included Reza Taghipour (president).

Established in 2003.


Designated by the U.S. Department of State on September 3, 2019, pursuant to Executive Order 13382; added on September 3, 2019, to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign financial institutions facilitating transactions for the entity may be prohibited from opening or maintaining correspondent or payable-through accounts in the United States.

Sanctioned on July 22, 2010, by the government of Canada for involvement in Iran’s proliferation activities or affiliation with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), prohibiting (with some exceptions) its access to goods, funds, and related services in Canada.

Date Entered: 

August 31, 2009

Date Last Modified: 

June 12, 2020