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Russia, Iran sign agreement on Zohre satellite

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, Jan 31, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Iran and Russia signed on 
Sunday an agreement on the designing and launch of the first Iranian 
communications satellite Zohre (Venus). 
The document was inked from the Russian side by the deputy head of
Russia`s federal space agency Roskosmos, Georgiy Polishchuk, and the 
general director of the foreign economic company Aviaexport, Felix 
Myasnikov. 
The deputy minister for information and communication 
technologies, Masoud Moqadas, and the general director of the State 
Telecommunications Company, Ali Asghar Hamidian, signed the document 
from the Iranian side. 
The new satellite 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. 
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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