Aerospace Industry Organization Director Mehdi Farahi announced on Monday that Iran plans to send the Fajr (Dawn) satellite into space on May 23, the day that negotiators from Iran and the six major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) will meet in Baghdad for nuclear talks.
The Fajr satellite is a reconnaissance satellite powered by solar energy.
Farahi said the country has managed to send 3 satellites into space over last 3 years.He added the 4th one dubbed "Fajr" (Dawn) would be launched into the space by B1 Satellite carrier. Also Tolou (Sunrise) satellite would be launched into space by "Simorgh" (Phoenix) satellite carrier.
Fajr satellite will be reportedly placed in elliptical orbit of 400 km in radius, and will remain in space for a year and a half.
Iran launched its first locally-made satellite, dubbed Omid (Hope) in 2009. The country also sent its first biocapsule carrying living creatures into space in February 2010. The creatures were sent by indigenous Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.
Iran has managed to achieve considerable progresses in technological domains in recent years despite sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against Iran over the country's refusal to halt peaceful nuclear enrichment.
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