Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Iran successfully launched a new domestically manufactured satellite into orbit on Friday morning. The research satellite, called Navid-e Elm and San'at (Promise of Science and Technology), has been manufactured by Iran University of Science and Technology. It was sent into space aboard the Safir rocket.
Iran's "Safir-e-Omid" (Ambassador of Hope) satellite carrier (file photo)
The satellite was launched on the National Space Technology Day and the third day of the Ten-Day Dawn (Feb. 1-Feb. 11), which is a national celebration of the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
The satellite 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.
The satellite weighs about 50 kilograms and would orbit the earth at an altitude of up to 375 kilometers, circling the planet 15 times a day.
"This achievement shows that our universities are moving in the right direction," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at the ceremony, during which the satellite was launched.
"The Navid-e Elm and San'at satellite is a great achievement and is the result of enormous and strenuous efforts made by Iranian experts, scientists, and innovators," he said.
Ahmadinejad also announced that two more domestically designed satellites dubbed Fajr (Dawn) and Tolou (Sunrise) will be sent into space during the next Iranian calendar year, which starts on March 20.
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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