Iran to launch domestically built Fajr satellite into space
By Rizwan Khatik - Tue Feb 21, 1:12 pm
He added that the manufacturing work of the satellite is still underway and nearly complete.
He noted that the national Fajr satellite will be placed in elliptical orbit of 400 km in radius and will remain in space for a year and a half.
The ISA head stated that the project was originally scheduled to launch during the Ten Days of Dawn (February 1-10) celebrations, marking the 33th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, but was postponed for better preparedness”
On November 12, 2011, Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced that the country is set to launch into space three domestically-manufactured satellites dubbed Fajr (Dawn), Navid (Harbinger) and Tolou (Rise).
He added that Fajr would blast into space with the thrusting power of ‘Safir-e-Fajr’ satellite carrier while Navid and Tolou would be mounted on Iran’s Simorgh (Phoenix) carrier for lift-off.
Iran launched its first domestically-developed satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009, an effort that made the Islamic Republic the ninth nation with the capability to launch satellites.
On June 20, 2011, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the country has gained access to the technology of developing various satellites and will soon launch larger 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 the Outer Space, which was established in 1959.