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12/22/12

Iran to unveil new domestically manufactured satellite

Source: Tehran Times

A new domestically manufactured satellite, named the Nahid, will be unveiled on February 2, 2013, which is National Space Technology Day, Director of Iran Space Agency Hamid Fazeli announced on Saturday.

Iranian Space Agency (ISA)
Iranian Space Agency (ISA)

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi had previously said that the country's new achievements in space technology would be unveiled on National Space Technology Day.

"The project to complete the satellite is going well, and we hope that the satellite will be unveiled on National Space Technology Day," Fazeli told reporters.

He also announced that it is more than likely that Fajr (Dawn) and Sharifsat satellites will be sent into space by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, which ends on March 20.

The Fajr is the first Iranian new-generation satellite that will be put into orbit. It is a reconnaissance satellite powered by solar energy.

In February, Iran successfully launched its third domestically manufactured satellite, named the Navid (Promise), into orbit. On February 8, Iran received the first image sent by the Navid satellite.

The Navid is designed to collect data on weather conditions and monitor for natural disasters. It has advanced control technology, a higher resolution camera, and photocells to generate power.

Iran launched its first domestically manufactured satellite, called Omid (Hope), into orbit on February 2, 2009. The Rasad (Observation) satellite was also sent into space On June 17, 2011.


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