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Iran to launch two new satellites

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iran says it plans to launch two new domestically-manufactured satellites called "Fajr and Rasad" by the end of the Iranian calendar year (March, 21).

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

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said there are many differences between the two new satellites and the previous ones.

For instance, they can stay in space for longer time and their fuel systems have also been improved, Vahidi added.

Iran launched its first domestically-manufactured satellite named Omid (Hope) in 2009.

The Islamic Republic unveiled its first important space center in 2008, where the first domestically-manufactured rocket, Explorer-1 was launched into space.

In addition, the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) announced in October that it planned to send humans into space within 10 years.

Mohammad Mardani of the ISA told reporters, "According to the president's order and (by) carrying out preliminary studies, sending astronauts into space will be done in a ten-year period (plan)."

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