After the Zafar satellite is placed in orbit, a timeline has been finalised to launch five more, the minister said.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has opposed Iran's plans to send satellites into space stating that it defies a U.N. Security Council resolution.
Iran has also announced its intention to send its first cosmonaut into space in 2019.
Final tests reportedly being done on several home-built birds
Upcoming launch is part of project to send humans into space within next eight years