Tehran, Iran: Iran will launch its first remote sensing satellite, Rasad, by March 2011, according to Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Reza Taghipour. The satellite’s missions include aerology purposes, natural resources management and control of direction of rivers and seas, he said.
Taghipour said that the ground station, shuttle station and satellite launcher have been prepared in part. The satellite will be launched by Safir-e-Omid satellite carrier and it will be placed 250-400 kilometres away from the earth.
Taghipour added that the country seeks expansion of satellite bandwidth and so far it has done well.