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Iran, Russia sign `Zohreh` satellite deal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 31, IRNA -- Iran and Russia here Saturday signed an 
agreement on the design, consultations, testing and lift off of 
`Zohreh` satellite. 
The dlrs 132 million agreement was signed between Chairman of the 
Board of Directors of Iran Telecommunication Company Masoud Moqaddas, 
deputy director of Russian Federal Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) and 
managing director of `Avia Exports of Russia.` 
The satellite will have the capability of telephone communication 
and fax link, transmission of data and broadcast of radio and 
television programs throughout the country and will have 12 
The construction and lift off the satellite is estimated to take 
30 months after opening of the letter of credit. 
The Head of Russian Space Agency official said the project is a 
joint cooperation between Iran, Russia, Germany and France and 
possibly some other nations in the future. 
"The technology used in the non-military satellite is more advance
than many of the current ones under-construction," He added. 
Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 
and Head of Iran`s Space Agency Hassan Shafti here in December said 
that Mesbah Satellite built jointly by the ministries of Science, 
Research and Technology and ICT based on the foreign technology will 
be launched after March. 
Speaking to reporters, he added that the satellite`s final phase 
is currently being designed and that the project will cost around 10 
million dollars in total. 
Turning to another multi-purpose small satellite currently being 
designed, he said that the project aiming to transfer related 
technology and research potentials to Iran is being worked out in 
close collaboration with China and Thailand. 
"The multi-purpose small satellite costing 44 million dollars is 
scheduled to be launched in 2006. Iran will shoulder 6.5 million 
dollars of the related expenses. 
"The satellite has many potentials and its construction will 
increase the national power and improve the lifestyles of future 
generations," he added. 
Reiterating the need to make further investment in satellites, he 
stated that currently the revenues gained by satellites throughout the
world have increased by 50 percent. 
In response to a question about Zohreh satellite, he said that it 
will respond to the telecommunications demands of the Islamic Republic
of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). 
Asked about the reason for the delay in buying a complete 
satellite before access to technology for producing them domestically,
he replied that possessing satellites without the proper related 
grounds will not have much effect on national development. 
"Some European countries make use of satellite technology without 
possessing any. 
"Similar to Western societies, satellite should also be used in 
various sectors in Iran, including the Internet, telecommunications, 
crisis management, public health, radio and television," he added. 

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