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Publish Date: 17:07 - 27 July 2017
TEHRAN, July 27, YJC - Iran sent Simorgh Satellite carrier into space in on Thursday as it officially launched Imam Khomeini National Space Space Center.

Iran successfully launches Simorgh satellite carrier into spaceTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The satellite carrier is capable of putting satellites weighing up to 250 kg in 500-kilometers distance from the earth.

Simorgh space-launch vehicle is used for sending satellite into space.

The launch center is Iran’s first fixed one which can be used for all preparation, launch, control and streeing operations of satellites.

The center conforms to the latest international standardsand can meet Iran’s needs in LEO orbit.

In December last year, Iran’s minister of information and communications technology said the country was planning to send a new domestically-manufactured satellite into space by the past Iranian calendar year (ending on March 20, 2017).

Mahmoud Vaezi added that Iran planned to send two more satellites into space by the end of the next Iranian calendar year (which ends on March 20, 2018).

The three satellites have been manufactured by young Iranian experts in research centers at the country’s universities, the minister said.

He also noted that Iran was about to sign a contract with a Russian company on the manufacture of a remote-sensing satellite.

Vaezi’s remarks came after head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Mohsen Bahrami said in October 2016 that the country was planning to send three home-made satellites into space.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion of World Space Week, Bahrami said Sharif Sat would be put into orbit by the end of the last Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2017).

He added that Amirkabir and Nahid I satellites would be put into space during the next Iranian calendar year, noting that the preparation process for domestically-manufactured Sadr satellite was also underway.

The ISA chief noted that Sharif Sat was a remote-sensing satellite and Nahid I was a communications satellites.

Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

Iran also placed the domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite into orbit in February 2015. The satellite is capable of taking and transmitting high-quality and accurate pictures to stations on earth.

 

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