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Photos: Iran unveils two indigenous satellites

Report by Tehran Times; photos by Roohollah Vahdati, ISNA

Iran has unveiled two domestically made satellites on the national Space Technology Day. The Tadbir (Prudence) and Persian Gulf satellites were unveiled during a ceremony in Tehran on Monday which was attended by Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan and Vice President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari.

Persian Gulf (L) and Tadbir (Prudence) satellites

The Tadbir satellite has been built by Iran Space Agency in cooperation with Iran University of Science and Technology within five months, and the Persian Gulf satellite has been developed at the Malek-Ashtar University of Technology.

Iran launched its first satellite, called the Omid (Hope), in February 2009. The Rasad (Observation) satellite was also sent into orbit in June 2011.

In February 2012, Iran successfully put its third domestically manufactured satellite, named the Navid, into orbit and received the first image sent by it a few days later.

Also, the Islamic Republic is now among a handful of countries that are able to launch living creatures into space.

Iran has successfully sent two monkeys, named into space aboard domestically designed and manufactured rockets and returned them to Earth safely.


Iranian space monkeys


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