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Iran set to launch imaging satellite

TEHRAN (BNS): Iran will launch a satellite with
imaging capabilities by the end of this year, Iranian
Telecommunications Minister Reza Taqipour has said.

“We are
preparing the Rassad 1 (Observation) satellite for launch” by the end
of 2010, IRIB quoted Taqipour as saying on Sunday.

According
to a Press TV report, Iran needed to carry out further experiments on
the second domestically-made satellite for the exact blast off time
before March 2011.

Taqipour was also quoted saying that further
additional information will be made public after pre-launch tests have
been carried out and all systems including “the launch base, the
carrier, ground navigation and control of the orbiter gear up for lift
off.”

Iran will use the Rassad 1 satellite to transmit images of the earth and for meteorological purposes, the report said.

In
2009, the country launched its first homegrown research satellite.
Iranian scientists were on schedule to launch the country’s first
manned mission to space in 2017, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.