Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 2
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran has launched its fourth home-made satellite into space, Iran's state IRINN TV reported Feb. 2.
The satellite dubbed "Fajr" was sent into space by the Iranian-produced satellite carrier Safir. The Fajr satellite is a reconnaissance satellite powered by solar energy.
The satellite is different than the previous Iranian-made Omid, Rasad, and Navid satellites and uses micro-motors that provide it orbit-changing capability.
Taking photos for mapping and meteorological purposes as well as carrying tests for improving Iran's space technology are among the Fajr's missions.
The satellite was designed and built by the Iran's defense ministry.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani who issued the order for launching the satellite said that Iran has entered a new period in aerospace technology.
The country launched its first indigenous satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009, and also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.
Iran also plans to send man into space in the next several years. Iran Space Agency director Hamid Fazeli said last September that the agency has a plan to send a man into space, and the plan has been prepared within the framework of the national roadmap for scientific development.
The plan also suggests putting telecommunication and remote sensing satellites into orbit.
Fazeli earlier announced that Iran will launch Tadbir, Sharif, and Fajr satellites into space by the end of the current Iranian year which ends on March 20, 2015.
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.
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