The project was to be run by The Scientific and Industrial Research organization of Iran and its Center for Telecommunications Research. This is one of several communication satellite projects being developed by Iran. Besides the communication satellites two mini-satellites are being developed. The (Small multi-mission Satellite) SMMS is a joint venture payload between China, Iran, South Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand and Bangladesh under the Asian-Pacific organization. This SMMS imaging spacecraft payload project is primarily managed by China and Iran.
(9) It was to be launched on a Long March-4 in 2000 and 2001 but has subsequently been delayed to 2004 or 2005 as a part of the China's weather satellite program. The launch will place the SMMS spacecraft into a 650-kilometer Sun-synchronous polar orbit. The 470 kilograms satellite has increased it mass from its original 380 kilograms and is based on the CAST-968B platform developed by China's space industry of the PRC Academy of Space Technology. (9) It will carry a 100kg. multi-spectral CCD imaging camera. The camera is capable of wide field 20 meters resolution imaging. (1) (9)