Iran plans to send satellite in high Earth orbit

February 8th, 2009 - 7:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Feb 8 (IANS) Iran plans to send satellites in medium and high Earth orbits in two or three years, Iran’s ISNA news agency reported quoting a senior official.
On Feb 3, the country launched Omid light satellite in low Earth orbit, using the Safir 2 (messenger) rocket.

The chief of Organisation for Iranian Scientific and Industrial Research, Hossein Rahimi, said Sunday that Iran’s next step in space technology was sending operational satellites in an orbit of 36,000 km.

Rahimi announced that Iran has designed and manufactured Mesbah 1 telecommunications satellite but it could not be launched because of “political stonewalling” and Iran has to find a country which accepts to send the satellite in orbit.

He added that considering the scientific progress in the country, it will be able to launch Mesbah and similar projects in two or three years.

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