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Official: Navid, Fajr and Explorer 5 satellites to be launched to space soon

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Noshahr, Dec 8, IRNA -- Head of Iran Space Agency Hamid Fazeli informed press Wednesday of near future launching of 3 more Iranian made satellites, Navid, Fajr, and Kavoshgar (Explorer) 5.

According to an IRNA reporter, Fazeli who was speaking at the press conference in Ramsar added without presenting any further details on the new indigenous Iranian satellites, “During the upcoming Fajr 10-Day Celebrations (marking the victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution) this year, we would have a day named the Space Technology Day, for which we have plans underway.”

He elaborated on the achievements of the country in aerospace field, reiterating, “The Islamic Republic of Iran, thanks to the efforts made by the concerned officials and our dear researchers is now among the eight countries in the world which are capable designing, manufacturing, and launching satellites.”

Fazeli said that satellite making technology is the most significant achievements in the Islamic Republic’s modern space technology, adding, “The country’s Space Agency grew stronger thanks to the assistance of this government, and has thus far achieved satisfactory objectives.”

He said that one of the good achievements of this round of provincial tours of the president and his cabinet ministers to Mazandaran Province has been the near future establishment of the Mazandaran Space Research Center, adding, “The research and pilot study of this project is seriously underway and so far good progress has been made in this respect.”

Fazeli had said in mid-June that Iran plans to launch a Kavoshgar-5 rocket with a 285-kilogram capsule carrying a monkey to an altitude of 120 kilometers (74 miles) were underway.

'Our scientists are exerting continuous efforts on this project... Our colleagues are busy with empirical studies and sub-system testing of this project so that it would be a cent percent sure success,' he said.

In mid-March, Iran's space organization announced the launch of the Kavoshgar-4 rocket carrier, a test capsule designed to house the monkey.

The capsule had been unveiled in February by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, along with four new prototypes of home-built satellites which the country hoped then to launch before March 2012, but according to the Wednesday remarks of Fazeli, it would be launched before the end of the current year.

At the time, Fazeli called the launch of a large animal into space as the first step towards sending a man into space, which Tehran says is scheduled for 2020.

Iran has already sent small animals into space - a rat, turtles and worms - aboard a capsule carried by its Kavoshgar-3 rocket in 2010.

The Islamic republic, which first put a satellite into orbit in 2009, has outlined an ambitious space program and has, thus far, made giant progress in the field despite western sanctions and pressures against its advancement.

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

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in 2010 that Iran plans to send astronauts into space in 2024. But, later he 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 the earth 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’a, 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.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30700990

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