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Iran to test new satellite-carrier in near future


13:39, November 13, 2012

TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander, Mohammad-Ali Jafari, said that the Islamic republic will test a new satellite-carrier rocket in the near future, Tehran Times daily reported Monday.

Jafari said that IRGC experts have managed to complete the project to manufacture the rocket which can carry 100 kg of solid fuel and can be used to send satellites into geostationary orbits 35,786 km above the equator, said the report.

In March, Iran's Aerospace Industry Organization Director Mehdi Farahi announced that Iran planned to send satellites into geostationary orbits after the end of the country's Fifth Development Plan in 2015, according to the daily.

Iran's Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015) is part of the 20-Year Outlook Plan (2005-2025), which is the country's main blueprint for long-term sustainable growth.

Iran, a founding member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, launched its first domestically-made data-processing satellite, the Omid (Hope), into space in 2009.

In February 2012, Iran launched an observation satellite into orbit. The spacecraft, named Navid (Herald), weighed 50 kg and could take pictures in low attitudes of about 250 to 375 km.
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