Iran to launch three satellitesMay 17th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, May 16 (IANS) Iran has plans to launch three satellites in the near future, according to the Iranian embassy in Moscow.
According to a statement posted on the Iranian embassy’s website, the first launch of a satellite named “Fajr” was scheduled for May 24. Two other satellites — “Tolu” and “Mesbah” — are also ready for launch, Xinhua reported.
Iran previously launched satellites in February 2009, June 2011 and February this year, but according to the embassy “Fajr is more advanced in terms of the technologies used”.
Weighing 50 kg, Fajr is equipped with cameras and evaluation facilities. Iran expects the satellite could provide and transmit pictures to ground stations.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Space Agency is planning to launch a space vehicle with biological objects into space, as a pre-step for the country’s first manned space flight, the embassy said.
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