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Iran unveils new telecommunication satellite

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 1, IRNA -- A new telecommunication satellite named 'Nahid 1' (Venus 1)' was unveiled in a ceremony marking the ninth national space technology day in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani here on Wednesday.

The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) has endorsed a contract with the Iranian Space Research Center to build Nahid 1.

Nahid 1 is a telecommunication satellite which weighs 50kg and will have a life endurance of 40 days.

President Rouhani also toured the exhibition showcasing Iran space achievements on the sidelines of the gathering.

Omid was Iran's first domestically made satellite which is a data-processing satellite for research and telecommunications and was successfully launched on February 2, 2009. The launch was verified by NASA the following day as a success.

Iran marks the anniversary of launching Omid satellite as national day of space technology.

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