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Iranian satellite purpose to be purely civil - Russia official

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, Jan 31, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- The purpose of the first 
satellite Zohre (Venus) will be purely civil, the head of Russia`s 
federal space agency Roskosmos said here on Monday. 
It belongs to the family of Express communication satellites of a 
new generation, which Russia produces for its own needs, Georgiy 
Polishchuk said during a ceremony to sign a Russian-Iranian agreement 
on the designing and launch of the first Iranian communications 
satellite. 
He said Zohre can be called an international satellite, as France 
and Germany will also supply component parts. Other countries may also
take part in the project. 
The sum of contract is estimated at 132 million US dollars. The 
telecom satellite will be put to a geo-stationary orbit 30 months 
after the signing ceremony. 
According to the IRNA news agency, Tehran intends to place a 
second similar order with Russia within a year after signing the Zohre
accord. 
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