Iran to launch 3 remote sensing satellites: Official
Iran Press TV
Wed May 28, 2014 3:31PM GMT
An Iranian aerospace official says the country plans to launch three indigenously designed and manufactured monitoring satellites into orbit in the next Iranian calendar year (starts March 21, 2015).
Deputy Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli said on Wednesday that Zafar (Triumph), Tolou (Sunrise) and AUT Sat will be sent into space onboard the Simorgh satellite carrier, and are expected to transmit images of the Earth's surface to ground stations.
He went on to say that Pars satellite is another monitoring satellite that will be put into orbit in the next few years.
Zafar is a monitoring satellite, which will be sent into a geostationary orbit, which is a circular orbit around 36,000 kilometers (22,320 miles) above the Earth's equator.
The satellite will reportedly have a lifespan of one year and six months, and will capture images and transmit them to stations on earth.
Tolou satellite will also carry out remote sensing and topography missions, and will travel in an orbit of 500 kilometers above from the Earth's equator.
Moreover, AUT Sat, developed by Iranian scientists at Amir Kabir University of Technology, is a monitoring and telecommunications satellite, which weighs 100 kilograms. It is expected to have a lifespan of two years.
Iran launched its first indigenous satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into the space in February 2010, using the indigenous 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, which was set up in 1959.
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