Iran to establish national satellite launch base
By Rizwan Khatik - Fri Feb 03, 7:40 am
The launch, which had been announced months ago, comes at the start of a series of festivities celebrating the 33rd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution on Feb. 11. It also comes at a time of high tensions between Iran and the United States and Israel, with the latter pushing for strikes against Iran’s nuclear program.
Iranian officials announced in November that they planned to launch three satellites, including Navid, in the early weeks of 2012. The country’s space agency is also planning to set up a launch site, together with the ministry of defence, in the southeastern region of the country.