National Space Technology Day in Iran Date in the current year: February 2, 2018

National Space Technology Day in Iran National Space Technology Day is an official Iranian observance held on the 14th day of the month of Bahman in the Solar Hijri calendar, which corresponds to February 2 in the Gregorian calendar. It commemorates the anniversary of the launch of Iran’s first domestically made satellite Omid.

The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) was established on February 1, 2004. It is responsible for the exploration of outer space and the development of the space industry in Iran. The ISA supports all the activities concerning the peaceful applications of space science and technology.

Iran’s first artificial satellite, Sina-1, was launched in October 2005 on board of a Kosmos 3-M Russian space launch vehicle from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. The second Iranian satellite (and the first domestically made one) was Omid. It was launched on February 2, 2009 by an Iranian-made carrier rocket Safi 1 from the Semnan launch site.

The launch of Omid coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Afterwards, the day of the launch was declared as the annual National Space Technology Day. Every year, a space industry exhibition is held in Tehran to celebrate the holiday. Besides, the country’s third artificial satellite, Navid, was launched on the day following the National Space Technology Day in 2012.

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Professional Days, Cultural Observances

Country

Iran

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