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Satellite Zafar Ready for Launch

Satellite Zafar Ready for Launch
Satellite Zafar Ready for Launch

Satellite Zafar, designed by Iran University of Science and Technology, has been delivered to Iran Space Agency and is ready for launch.
IUST Director Jabbar Ali Zakeri told Fars News Agency, “Zafar satellite has been delivered to ISA and the pre-launch procedures are underway at the agency.”
He did not provide a timeframe for the launch, but said it will be put into orbit in the next three months.
Since the inception of the Islamic Republic some 40 years ago, state authorities have unveiled achievements around the Islamic Revolution’s anniversary on Feb. 11. 
The annual 10-day celebrations named Fajr Decade, are held during Feb. 1-11. The period provides a plausible timeframe for the satellite launch.
On Thursday, ICT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi and his deputy Morteza Barari—who heads ISA—took to Twitter to write about the satellite.
Jahromi called on people to pitch a message to be transmitted by the satellite. Barari released technical details about Zafar.
Zafar is a 90-kilogram remote-sensing satellite equipped with color cameras and can be used for surveying oil reserves, mines, jungles and natural disasters. If the launch is successful, it will orbit the earth at an altitude of 530 kilometers.
It is likely to be launched by Iran's Simorgh Satellite Launch Vehicle, also called Safir-2, an Iranian expendable small-capacity orbital carrier rocket, which was originally scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2010. The project was unveiled by then-president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in February 2010.


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