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Iran to place new satellite in sun-synchronous orbit

Source: Press TV

A senior Iranian aerospace official has said the country will soon launch its indigenous Amir Kabir satellite in yet another technological step forward in the space industry.

Iran launched its first domestically-produced Omid (Hope) satellite in 2009 on board Safir (Ambassador) carrier.


Head of Iran Space Agency Hamid Fazeli told IRNA on Sunday that his organization and Iran's Amir Kabir University of Technology are cooperating closely with each other on the project.

He added that a prototype of the satellite has already been produced, stressing that experiments and field tests are underway to manufacture the final model.

Meanwhile, President of Amir Kabir University of Technology Alireza Rahaie said the design and production phases of Amir Kabir satellite have already ended, and the satellite awaits a befitting carrier rocket in order to be launched.

"Amir Kabir satellite given its weight cannot be taken into space by means of currently used carrier rockets," Rahaie pointed out.

Amir Kabir satellite, weighing 80 kilograms, will reportedly be placed in a sun-synchronous orbit of 660 km in radius, and will remain in space between three and five years.

The satellite can be used to assess damages inflicted by earthquakes, droughts and other natural disasters, contributing enormously to the reduction of casualties. It is also capable of surveying agricultural lands.

Iran launched its first indigenous satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first biocapsule of living creatures into space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

Moreover, in June 2011, Iran put the 15.3-kilogram Rasad (Observation) orbiter in space. Rasad's mission was to take images of the Earth and transmit them along with telemetry information to the ground stations.

Iran also launched Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry), another indigenous satellite into orbit on February 3, 2012.

The satellite is a telecom, measurement and scientific one, whose records could be used in a wide range of fields.

Tehran also plans to launch the country's first manned mission to space by 2019.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

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