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Iran, Italy to build, launch Mesbah satellite


Tehran, Feb 19, IRNA -- Iran and Italy are to build and launch the `Mesbah' satellite, according to a deal signed here on Wednesday.

Under the agreement, which was signed after successful completion of the first phase of the project for designing and building a laboratory model of the satellite, Iranian and Italian experts will cooperate on the project throughout the testing, production and launching stages of the satellite, announced Public Relations Department at Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (SRT) here on Wednesday.

The agreement also envisages the training of Iranian experts by Italian Carlo Gavazzi Space, which is a signatory to the deal with its Iranian partner in the project, the SRT Ministry said.

The deal had been proposed by Ministries of SRT and of Post, Telegraph and Telephone (PTT) and is authorized by the Economy Council.

Mesbah satellite is expected to be launched in the next two years.

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