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Iran to launch 3 satellites into space soon

Source: Mehr News Agency

The President of Iran Space Agency (ISA) says Iran will launch Nahid, Qaem, and Fajr satellites on February 2nd 2013, the anniversary of Iran's National Space Technology Day.

Hamid Fazeli (left), President of Iran Space Agency (ISA)

In a press conference, Hamid Fazeli, ISA president pointed to plans by Iran Space Agency for National Space Technology Day and said; "The President will inaugurate Iranian achievements in space, science and technology on National Space Technology Day."

He continued that "due to inherent problems, using international satellites and the lack of a national satellite to cover Iranian data, TV and Radio broadcasts, we planned a new project for making at least one communications satellite with two transponders in the course of 5 years, to be place in the 36,000 Km altitude above the earth on Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO)."

He announced the launching of Nahid satellite during days of Fajr ceremonies and added: "Launching Engineering samples of Qaem, and Fajr satellites projects have been planned by the end of the next week."

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

Fazeli answered Mehr News reporter's question on launching SharifSat satellite by the end of the current Iranian New year (21th of March), saying that "SharifSat, manufactured by students in Sharif University of Technology will be launched, in addition to ATSat, by Amir Kabir University of Technology and Zafar satellite into space by Simorgh rocket launcher, and will be operational by early June."

Fazeli asserted that "Toloo satellite will also be launched into space by Simorgh rocket launcher in the near future."

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