Iran to unveil, launch new satellites
23-May-2010 (one comment)

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran is to unveil new engineering models of satellites in mid 2010 and launch two satellites into orbit by next March, said the Head of Iran's Space Agency Moahmmad Ali Forghani Sunday.

The engineering models are categorized as minisatellites which are designed and built domestically, he added.

He also added the two satellites to be launched are used for communications and also capable of taking photos and sending them to the earth.

They will be sent to Low Erath Orbit (LEO), he added.

These satellites are built jointly with Iranian universities and Space Agency and they will be sent by Iran's local satellite-carrier.

Iran has also started production of "Qaem" and "Iran" telecommunications satellites, he continued.

After launching its first home-built satellite, named Omid (Hope), last February Iran unveiled two other satellites and a satellite carrier, Tolou, Mesbah II and Navid respectively.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations' Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), established in 1959.

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