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Iran Press TV

Iran unveils two domestically developed satellites

Iran Press TV

Mon Feb 3, 2014 11:9AM GMT

The Islamic Republic of Iran has unveiled two indigenously developed satellites that could be used for a variety of purposes.

The satellites Tadbir (Prudence) and Persian Gulf were put on display during a ceremony in Tehran on Monday attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, Iranian Vice President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari and a number of local space experts and academics, marking National Space Technology Day.

Tadbir, developed by students and academics at Iran University of Science and Technology within 5 months, weighs about 50 kilograms and is an upgraded version of the Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite, which was put into space earlier.

The satellite has higher precision in taking photos compared to its predecessor, and its interactive computer system enables 16 users to send and receive information in any geological position. It is equipped with the Global Positioning System (GPS) and can be tracked anytime from a ground station.

Tadbir has undergone compatibility tests, awaiting launch on a satellite carrier.

The Persian Gulf satellite has been developed at the Malek-Ashtar University of Technology.

It is compatible with land-based fixed-wireless broadband systems, and can offer efficient wireless telecommunications services.

The satellite is equipped with small and light functional terminals, and can be used for relief operations in the wake of natural disasters.

Iran launched its first home-made satellite Omid (Hope) in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using the domestically developed Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.

The country is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, set up in 1959.


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