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Rouhani: Iran to make new progress on aerospace in two years

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Tue 17 Feb 2015 - 11:59

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated that the country would make new progress on aerospace in the next two years.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will make new achievements on aerospace by the next two years," he said as visiting Iranian aerospace exhibition.

He also said the country attaches great importance to space studies, satellite and spacecraft programs, and would support research, industrial and scientific plans.

Rouhani lauded Iranian scientists' achievements on satellite and space fields, saying, "Aerospace and use of satellite has been ones of the fields that Iranian scientists made progress on which over last years. They have made good steps so far."

He also said Iran entered a new phase after launching Fajr satellite successfully into space.

Iran has successfully placed into orbit the domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite on February 2.

The satellite is capable of staying in the space for 1.5 years and taking and transmitting high-quality and accurate pictures to stations on earth.

Fajr satellite is technically characterized by an orbit which could promote from 250 to 450 kilometers through a thruster or an engine.

It is the new generation of Omid (Hope) satellite, which was designed and manufactured by Iranian experts in 2009.

Equipped with GPS navigation system, Fajr is the fourth Iranian-made satellite which was put into orbit after three others between 2009 and 2012.

The launch came as Iran started 10 days of celebrations marking the 36th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution on Sunday that put an end to the monarchy of the US-backed Pahlavi regime in the country.

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