Iran Reports Launching Satellite

Iran Reports Launching Satellite

Iran reported yesterday that it launched its Navid satellite into orbit.  

The U.S. Strategic Command’s SpaceTrack website does not list the satellite yet, but Iran’s FARS news agency stated that the satellite was launched on “10-Day Dawn celebrations, marking the 33rd anniversary of the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.”  The satellite reportedly weighs 50 kilograms.  According to FARS, it is a “telecom, measurement and scientific satellite whose records could be used in a wide range of fields.”   Another Iranian news agency, IRNA, said that it was for “meteorology, management of natural disasters and measuring the temperature and humidity of the air.”

The full name of the satellite is Navid-e Elm-o SAna’at’ — Promise of Science and Industry.

Iran has launched two other satellites:  Omid in 2009 and Rasad in 2011. 

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