Mehr Navid–e-Elm-O-Sanat COMSAT
Student COMSAT Predicted & Planned
© C. P. Vick 2010 All Rights Reserved
May 21, 2010
Early in 2010 Iran’s Minister of Communications, Reza Taghipour indicated that Iran is now planning to launch three new satellites of five or six domestically built satellites then under construction to be launched over the next two years. The first launch is expected before March 2011 and may come at the end of 2010 though this remains in doubt.
Iran had previously announced that it was in the process of preparing a total of five to seven satellites some of which were to be foreign launched. Two were to be launched in 2010 with Russian help via a newly signed contract in May 2010 between Iran and Russia.
Those new satellites were the rectangular Ya Mahdi Mehr Navid [good news or promising sign]telecommunications satellite the Tolou [sunrise or dawn] six sides duel purpose remote survey imaging RECSAT/SIGINT, Satellite, and four sided Mesbah-2 [Lantern] telecommunications satellite.
Mehr Navid–e-Elm-O-Sanat (Good News and or Promising Sign)telecommunications satellite appears to be a store dump operational capability design similar to the Mesbah-2 and is solar powered. The Ya Mahdi (student experimental satellite developed in cooperation between the Iranian Space Agency and Iranian Universities) was described as a test satellite for cameras and telecommunications equipment.
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