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Iran opens new space-tracking center to monitor near-earth objects

Iranian Space Research Institute has opened a new facility center for monitoring space and tracking objects passing near the Earth. Iranian President visited the center in the town of Delijan, some 200 kilometers south of Tehran, on June 9, accompanied by other officials. Different news agencies reported that the center will share its data with agencies in other countries. The Iranian official responsive with the project was quoted as saying the purpose of the base is to secure Iran’s “space facilities” and to monitor objects, “especially satellites,” that pass overhead. He said the Delijan center uses radar, radio, and electro-optical tracking methods. Iran currently has nine command-and-control centers for its space program, including one in Syria.

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