Russia to help Iran build satellites, train cosmonauts - newspaper

The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the Iranian Space Agency have agreed to expand cooperation, Izvestiya reported on Wednesday.

The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the Iranian Space Agency have agreed to expand cooperation, Izvestiya reported on Wednesday.

"The protocol of cooperation was signed in Tehran on April 10 following the fifth meeting of the joint Russian-Iranian working group on space cooperation," a high-ranking source in Roscosmos told the paper.

It follows from the text of the protocol that the Iranian partners are mainly interested in earth remote sensing (ERS) systems: they want to buy Earth images taken by Russian satellites and are also interested in creating their own ERS system with help from Russian space companies.

The document talks about the possibility of creating a telecommunications geostationary satellite for Iran.

In addition, Iran intends to train its cosmonauts in Russia. Last year, Iran announced the completion of the work on the project of the first manned spacecraft in the country's history.

Izvestiya also reported that the signing of a protocol with the Iranian Space Agency has happened to take place at the same time as the imposition of sanctions by the U.S. Department of State, which bar Russian space companies from accessing U.S. technologies, specifically, U.S. parts for dual purpose systems.

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