Iran may launch SharifSat satellite into orbit in September

  08 June 2013    Read: 335
Iran may launch SharifSat satellite into orbit in September
Iran may launch the SharifSat satellite into space by the end of the first half of the current Iranian calendar year (September 22), the Fars News Agency quoted the Sharif University of Technology chancellor Reza Roosta-Azad as saying.
"We are currently developing the satellite`s systems," he noted.

"Considering that the presidential election will be held in the coming days, the satellite is hoped to be launched in the first half of the year."

The Safir-1 rocket carrier will launch the SharifSat into space. The satellite will be injected into a 500 km altitude. It weighs less than 50 kg.

In April, the head of Iran`s Space Agency Hamid Fazeli said that Iran will be launching 7 satellites to orbit this year.

"Currently the construction and preparation of the satellites is underway, as we are working directly with local space universities," Fazeli said.

Fazeli also said that one of the satellites - "Nahid" satellite has been created by local scientists using new technology.

He said the "satellite pages" are attached to the satellite via a different way that allows them to be opened as soon as the satellite reaches the destination height.

Fazeli noted that the 50-kg Nahid satellite will be launched by the Safir B1 satellite launcher.

Other satellites - Fajr, Atsat, Sharifsat, Tolu and Zafar are also planned to be launched into space at a later stage this year.

Iran has already sent three satellites into space. On February 3, the country successfully launched its third domestically manufactured satellite, named the Navid (Promise), into orbit. The Safir one satellite carrier rocket was used to launch the Navid research satellite.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

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