Iran, 3 countries including Pakistan monitoring space debris: Official

ISLAMABAD: Iran along with China, Pakistan and Peru are monitoring the space debris through an observatory constructed under the joint investment of Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), an Iranian official said on Thursday.

Head of Development and Services Department at Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Ali Sadeqi-Naeini told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that the ISA observatory was a node in the network of APSCO observatories, along with another node in Pakistan besides two others in China.

The observation network is continuously monitoring the space debris and satellites as well as the orbital parameters of the satellites, he added.

‘The data obtained through the operation will be provided to all countries, ’ the Iranian official said.

He noted that Iran was engaged in transactions with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA), and the country was supporting the SPIDER program of the UN in the region.

The UN-SPIDER is a platform facilitating the use of space-based technologies for disaster management and emergency response.