Tehran, Iran: Iran’s Earth observation satellite, Rasad accomplished its mission and made a successful re-entry into the atmosphere, announced Hamid Fazeli, Director of Iran’s Space Agency (ISA). Fazeli explained that the satellite was designed to orbit the Earth for about 6 to 7 weeks, adding that the satellite split up when entering the Earth’s atmosphere due to its low weight, high temperature and speed.
On June 17, 2011, Rasad was launched by Safir satellite carrier. The satellite weighs 15.3 kilograms and was designed to be launched into the 260 kilometre orbit of the Earth rotated around the Earth 15 times in 24 hours.
Rasad’s mission was establishing contact with Earth stations, obtaining orders from those stations, image taking from the Earth, and dispatching those images along with telemetry information back to the Earth stations.