Iran: Iran is planning to launch three indigenously designed and manufactured satellites into orbit by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2014). Deputy head of Iran Space Agency (ISA), Hamid Fazeli, said that the satellites Tadbir (Prudence) and Sharif Sat will be lifted into space by the year-end.
Sharif Sat reportedly weighs less than 50 kilograms and will be launched onboard the indigenous Safir B-1 carrier. It is planned to be placed into a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at an altitude between 350 kilometers (217 miles) and 500 kilometers (310 miles) above the Earth”s surface.
The satellite will capture images with a high degree of accuracy of less than 10 meters and then transmit them to stations on earth.
Tadbir is an upgraded version of the Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite, which was put into space earlier. The satellite has GPS as well as higher precision in taking photos in comparison to its predecessor.
Source: Press TV