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Iran says to launch first remote sensing satellite into space by March 2011

Source: ISNA, Tehran

Iran is to launch its first remote sensing satellite into space by March 2011, said Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Reza Taghipour.

"Safir-e-Omid" (Ambassador of Hope) satellite carrier (file photo)

The satellite's missions include aerology purposes, natural resources management and control of direction of rivers and seas, he said.

Taghipour added the country seeks expansion of satellite bandwidth and added, "Iran has done so well on the issue so far that faces no limitation in intercontinental relations through these systems."

He went on to say Iran could strongly enter into designing and building satellites and satellites carrier as well as managing satellite guiding.

Taghipour also declared on Saturday that Iran was to launch its home-made satellite dubbed "Rasad" into space by next March.

"The ground station, shuttle station and satellite launcher have been prepared in part," he told ISNA.

"The satellite will be launched with "Safir-e-Omid" (the Ambassador of Hope) satellite carrier and it will be placed 250-400 kilometers away from the earth," he added.

In February 2009, Iran sent its first indigenous satellite, named Omid (Hope) into orbit.

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