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Iran's space explorer successfully transmits scientific data - IRIB

Tehran, Feb 18, IRNA - The explorer, launched in the space earlier this month, has successfully transmitted scientific data back to the space center, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) website said.

Mehran Mirshams, official with the space technology institute said that the explorer transmitted the information after reaching an orbit of 200-250 km above the Earth.

Mirshams said that Iran will launch its first satellite into a 650 km orbit in June.

"The satellite would pass over Iran five or six times in 24 hours."

Iran unveiled the first Iranian-made satellite, Omid, with inauguration of its first space center earlier simultaneous with launching Explorer-1 this month.

Iran will put its own satellites into orbit to monitor natural disasters in the earthquake-prone nation and improve telecommunications.

Iran launched its first commercial satellite, Sina-1, from a Russian rocket in a joint project with Moscow in 2005.

Iran has planned to launch four more satellites by 2010 to increase the number of land and mobile telephone lines to 80 million from 22 million.

It also aims to expand its satellite capabilities to increase Internet users to 35 million from 5.5 million.

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