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  • 10/24/2011

ISA to set up satellite launch base

head of iran space agency hamid fazeli

Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) says the Agency has plans to set up a national satellite launch base, a national space laboratory, and a space settlement.

"Iran Space Agency also aims to master the entire space technology from conceptualization to system design as well as commissioning and decommissioning satellites through integrated management," Hamid Fazeli noted on Sunday.

He went on to say that the country has already demonstrated its achievements in space technology to other countries in the headquarters of the European Union during the World Space Week (October 3-10), IRNA reported.

”The Islamic Republic of Iran has been able to indigenize satellite design, manufacturing and launch technology by its scientists and has presented that technology to the world,”‌ Fazeli added.

Iran launched its first domestically-produced satellite Omid (Hope) in 2009, an act which made it the ninth country with the capability to launch satellites.

On June 20, 2011, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran has obtained the technology to develop different satellites and will soon launch giant satellites that will be placed in circular orbits at an altitude of nearly 35,000 kilometers (21,748 miles).

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

Tehran also plans to launch the country’s first manned mission to space by 2019.

Source: presstv.ir

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