President Ahmadinejad said Iran is working on a new three-stage rocket to carry a satellite 1,000 kilometres into space, Fars news agency reported on Thursday.
"The country's scientists are working on a three-stage rocket that will take us to 1,000 kilometres," Ahmadinejad told a local television in the western city of Hamedan.
He said the rocket's engines would have a thrust of between 120 and 140 tons, four times greater than the rocket thrust of the Safir which was used to launch the Omid satellite into space in February 2009.
"Last time, we sent a satellite to 250 kilometres ... Next year it will be sent to 700 kilometres, and the year after that to 1,000 kilometres," he said.
It is assumed the 700 km flight scheduled for next year refers to the launch goal and date for the Simorgh rocket.