Iran to unveil Nahid satellite on Feb. 2
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 22/ Trend G.Mehdi/
Iran will unveil the Nahid Satellite on February 2, when marks the national day of space technology, IRNA quoted Iran Space Agency (ISA) director Hamid Fazeli as saying.
He added that the satellite will be launched into orbit by the end of the first half of the next Iranian calendar year (September 21, 2013).
Earlier this month, Fazeli said that Iran will soon send a monkey into space aboard the Pishgam (Pioneer) rocket.
Fazeli also said that the Islamic Republic will also put the satellites Nahid and Sharif sat of Sharif University of Technology into orbit by the end of the Iranian calendar year, March 20.
He went on to say that Iranian space scientists are doing research to develop the technology to unfold solar panels through sending the Nahid satellite into space.
Iran has already sent three satellites into space. On February 3, the country successfully launched its third domestically manufactured satellite, named the Navid (Promise), into orbit. The Safir one satellite carrier rocket was used to launch the Navid research satellite.
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.