Iran's satellite spins 50 times around Earth's orbit
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 6 / Trend S.Isayev/
Iran's recently launched domestically-built Navid-e Elm-o Sanat satellite has made 50 spins around the Earth, ISNA reported.
The satellite moved 18 times over Iranian territory.
Navid-e Elm-o Sanat was launched into orbit on Feb. 2, timing to the Fajr celebrations and Iran's national day of space technology, upon the order from president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
According to the Head of Iran's National Space Agency Hamid Fazeli, a 50 kg Navid-e Elm-o Sanat is a microsatellite, with a built-in computer system that can be remotely controlled from Earth. The microsatellite is intended for photographing Earth for exact visualization.
Fazeli said the satellite is able to take pictures on low altitudes of about 250 to 375 kilometers from Earth.
Iran's aerospace officials had previously spoken of the 2012 launch of Zafar (Triumph) - another satellite that weighs 90 kilograms and is scheduled to revolve around the globe in an elliptical orbit of 500 kilometers.
Iran launched its first domestically-produced satellite Omid (Hope) in 2009, an endeavor which made it the ninth country having the capability to launch satellites.
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.