In an interview aired on February 7, 2020, Iran’s Deputy Minister of Communications Dr. Morteza Barari, who is also the head of Iran’s space organization, detailed Iran's plans to launch satellites into space. The interview was aired on Channel 5, Iranian TV two days before Iran's Zafar 1 communications satellite was launched but failed to reach orbit on February 9, 2020.
Morteza Barari: "According to our roadmap, we will first [put a satellite] into orbit at an altitude of 1,000 kilometers, using the Sarir launcher. Our engineers are currently planning and constructing this. Inshallah, by means of the Soroush launcher, we will reach orbit at an altitude of 36,000 km."