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Seven Iranian satellites launch into orbit this year

Seven Iranian satellites will be launched into orbit in 2013, head of Iran’s Space Agency said.

“Currently the construction and preparation of the satellites is underway, as we are working directly with local space universities,” Fazeli said.

He also said that one of the satellites named the “Nahid” satellite has been designed by local scientists using new technology.

Fazeli added the “satellite pages” are attached to the satellite via a different way that allows them to be opened as soon as the satellite reaches the destination height.

He noted that the 50-kg Nahid satellite will be launched by the Safir B1 satellite launcher.

Other satellites including Fajr, Atsat, Sharifsat, Tolu and Zafar are also planned to be launched into space at a later stage this year.

Iran has previously sent three satellites into space. On February 3, the country successfully launched its third domestically manufactured satellite, Navid (Promise), into orbit. The Safir one satellite carrier rocket was used to launch the Navid research satellite.

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

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