TEHRAN, Nov. 16 (MNA) –- Iran, in cooperation with China will build and launch its national satellite, Iran’s Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ahmad Talebzadeh said.

He noted that, technical specifications of the proposed satellite have already been identified.


Based on the provisions of its Fourth Socioeconomic and Cultural Development Plan, Iran is preparing to launch five satellites including Mesbah, Zohreh and Sina, he commented adding that, in addition to the five satellites, three micro-satellites are also planned to be launched.


Referring to Sina-1 the deputy minister said that, Iran’s aim in launching the satellite is to receive climatologic, environmental and remote sensing data. The satellite was launched by the Russians. Mesbah is now ready to be launched and will be put into its orbit by Russia’s aerospace industries.


Following its establishment in 2000, Iran's Aerospace Organization has also been engaged in designing and manufacturing a small multi-mission satellite (SMMS) in the framework of a pact signed with China and Thailand. It is planned to be launched by 2006.





































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