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Iran to launch home-made satellite in 3 months

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9012-02074

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Wednesday Fajr (Dawn) satellite would be sent into space by the next three months.

Also regarding the return of the second Iranian flotilla from the Mediterranean Sea, he said, "The mission was conducted in high seas and everything was done well. This activity would continue."

Iran has always resisted against what enemies have tried to impose, he told reporters on the sidelines of the cabinet meeting.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always declared that it defends itself against any threats, he said adding the Islamic Republic of Iran has never sought war, but it would always support its positions.

Fajr is a measurement and imaging satellite that will examine subsystems used in previous satellites. The manufacturing work of the satellite is still underway and nearly complete. The national Fajr satellite will be placed in elliptical orbit of 400 km in radius and will remain in space for a year and a half.

On November 12, 2011, Vahidi said that Fajr would blast into space with the thrusting power of "Safir-e-Fajr" satellite carrier.

Iran launched its first domestically-developed satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009, an effort that made the Islamic Republic the ninth nation with the capability to launch satellites.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of the Outer Space, which was established in 1959.

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