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Publish Date: 16:30 - 11 February 2013
TEHRAN Feb 11 - The iranian home-made research satellite Fajr developed by Iranian space scientists is to be launched by the end of March.

Hamid Fazeli, Manager of Iran Space Agency says that the 100 per cent Iranian satellite is able to move to an upper orbit using cold gas propulsion. The satellite is provided with missions of orbital maneuver, imaging, meteorology, and shipment of space research cargo.

"This satellite is equipped with position assignment and control technology via active rotating stability and it weighs around 60 kg,” Fazeli further said.

Fazeli also stated "Orbital change improves satelite longevity up to 1.5 year.”

He added that after placement the satellite energy is supplied by solar panels on its sides and that it is to be launched with Safir satellite.

"Fajr satellite will be seperated from its carrier at an altitute of 250 km and, using orbital transfer at orbital perigee, it will move to 404 km height,” he said.

Fazeli added that the satellite is equipped with a still picutre camera with a 500 m resolution.

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