Iran to launch Misbah satellite by late 2011
Iran's specialists will launch the Misbah satellite into the Earth's orbit by late 2011, Iranian Communications Minister Rza Tagipur was quoted as saying today by the Iranian Fars news agency.
"The satellite is under production and I hope Iran can launch Misbah into orbit by late 2011," he added.
The satellite's production began in 1977 and was later frozen for 19 years. The Iranian Aerospace Industries Organization resumed the project in 1996. The Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology has conducted research work on the project. The Communications Ministry signed an agreement to produce the satellite in 1998.
Iran will launch Misbah into the Earth's orbit from Italy by mid-2011, Iranian Aerospace Industries Organization Chairman Mehdi Farahi said earlier.
Farahi said the satellite is designed to receive and send information.
"Basically, the satellite will send information to Iran. However, the information itself can be obtained in Europe and the U.S. This satellite is low orbit," he said.
The satellite's total weight is 63.5 kilograms, Farahi added.