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Iran to launch satellites into space in coming months

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon 6 Oct 2014 - 11:33

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Vice President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari said the country plans to send another satellite into space in the current Iranian calendar year which ends on March 20, 2015.

'Sharif Satellite is one of the priorities for Iranian Space Organization (ISA)', he said, as expressing the hope that the satellite would be sent into space by the end of the Iranian calendar year.

Iran also is going to send three other satellites of Zafar (Victory), Tolou (Dawn) and Pars into space, all by means of home-made strong satellite carrier, in the near future, he said.

In July, the ISA formulated a 10-year strategic plan which incorporates three main sections, including sending humans as well as telecommunications and remote sensing satellites into space.

Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into the space in February 2010, using 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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