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Iran to launch two satellites soon

Tehran, Iran: Iran will soon launch two satellites into space to take high resolution wall maps and aerial photos of locations around the globe, Press TV reported. According to Asghar Ebrahimi, Head of Aerospace Industries of Iran’s Electronics Industries Co., Iran will send Fajr (Dawn) satellite into space by September, while the Tolou (Sunrise) satellite will be launched in February 2012.

Ebrahimi said that the national Fajr satellite was developed and produced by Iranian aerospace experts in less than a year. It weighs 50 kilograms and is technically characterised by an orbit which could be promoted from 250 to 400 kilometres through a thruster or an engine.

Tolou satellite weighs less than 80 kilograms and will be placed in elliptical orbit of 400 kilometres in radius, he was quoted as saying. Tolou would have a lifespan of one and a half years and would capture images with a resolution of 50 meters and then transmit them to stations on earth.

Source: Xinhua