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Iran launches Rasad micro-satellite

Tehran, Iran: Iran launched Rasad satellite by a Rasad Safir rocket. The satellite was designed and built by Iran’s IRI Aerospace Org. The launch is Iran’s second successful satellite, following the placement of the Omid — “Hope” — satellite into orbit in 2010. Rasad translates as “observation.”
The Rasad satellite is relatively small, weighing 34 pounds, and was inserted into a 160-mile-high orbit, circling the Earth 15 times every 24 hours. The satellite is the first indigenous Iranian photographic imagery satellite in which all stages of design, fabrication, integration and testing and launch readiness were developed inside Iran.
Rasad’s mission after establishing contact with ground stations is to obtain imagery and retransmit it along with telemetry data to four stations charged with tracking, guidance, control and reception and transmission of information to and from the satellite.
The satellite’s subsystems include digital data managing capabilities, solar panels, control and optical systems, GPS and with on-board data transmitters and receivers as well as temperature control mechanisms.
In late 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tehran’s intentions to send a home-made surveying satellite into space, telling journalists, “Iran’s measurement satellite will be launched into space from an Iranian launch pad and will have an Iranian exchange station and control station.” Iranian Minister of Defense Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi noted that while the Rasad satellite was lightweight and classified as a “micro-satellite,” it had many of the capabilities of larger satellites. “This satellite is capable of many tasks, including taking images, sending and receiving relevant signals,” Vahidi said. “It is capable of controlling its position in space and operates by solar energy.”
Source: Space Daily