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Rasad Satellite turning around earth 29 times since launching

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, June 17, IRNA -- Rasad (Observation) Satellite has turned around the earth about 29 times since launching on Wednesday, said an official at Iran Aerospace Organization here on Friday.

Director General of the International and Public Relations Affairs Department at Iran’s Aerospace Organization, Mohammad-Mehdi Haji Ebarahimi told IRNA on Friday that while turning around the earth, the satellite has been over Iran sky eight to nine times, relaying information on the country to the earth.

Iran successfully sent its second domestically-made satellite named 'Rasad' into orbit on auspicious birth anniversary night of Imam Ali ibn Abu-Taleb (AS) on Wednesday thanks to efforts of Iran Aerospace Orgnization (IAO) technicians.

The IAO scientists and technicians had the experience of launching Iran's 1st national satellite, Omid (Hope), into the earth space last year, whose main mission was image taking.

All phases of its design, manufacturing, assembly, testing, and preparation for being launched into the space were both initiated and completed inside the country.

Rasad satellite which weighs 15.3 kilograms and is designed to be launched into the 260 kilometer orbit of the earth is scheduled to rotate around the earth 15 times in 24 hours.

Rasad satellite's mission is establishing contact with earth stations, obtaining orders from those stations, image taking from the earth, and dispatching those images along with telemetry information back to the earth stations.

The topology and structure of the earth stations of Rasad satellite, too, are designed in a way to provide the possibility for maximum access to Rasad through them, obtaining information from it, and forwarding commands to it at ease for the operators in charge.

Iran has recently taken huge strides in aerospace. The country sent the first biocapsule of living creatures into space in February, using its home-made Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

Iran announced in February that it plans to unveil and send two recently-built satellites into space in the near future.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had also earlier announced that the country plans to send a home-made measurement satellite into orbit in the near future.

'Iran's measurement satellite will be launched into space from an Iranian launch-pad and will have an Iranian exchange station and control station,' Iranian president said late 2010.

The president further noted Iran's plans for sending astronauts into space in 2024, and said that the issue had gone under a second study at a cabinet meeting and that the cabinet had decided to implement the plan in 2019, five years earlier than the date envisaged in the original plan.

Omid (hope) was Iran's first research satellite that was designed for gathering information and testing equipment. After orbiting for three months, Omid successfully completed its mission without any problem. It completed more than 700 orbits over seven weeks and reentered the Earth's atmosphere on April 25, 2009.

After launching Omid, Tehran unveiled three new satellites called Tolou, Mesbah II and Navid, respectively. Iran has also unveiled its latest achievements in designing and producing satellite carriers very recently.

A new generation of home-made satellites and a new satellite carrier called Simorgh (Phoenix) were among the latest achievements unveiled by Iran's aerospace industries.

The milk-bottle shaped rocket is equipped to carry a 60-kilogram (132-pound) satellite 500 kilometers (310 miles) into orbit.

The 27-meter (90 foot) tall multi-stage rocket weighs 85 tons and its liquid fuel propulsion system has a thrust of up to 143 tons.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations' Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), which was set up in 1959.

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