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4 February 2019 - 20:22
Minister: Iran ready to launch new satellite

Iran says its new satellite, called Dusti (Friendship in Persian), is ready to be launched into the space.

'Soon we will have good news for the people because Dusti satellite is ready and we are waiting for the final say of the Defense Ministry to put it into the Earth's orbit,' said Iran's Information and Communications Technology Minister Javad Azari Jahromi on Monday.

He added that the Iranian youth have built several satellites during past several years. Jahromi was addressing the inauguration ceremony of an ICT park in the north-eastern city of Mashad. 

Iran Space Agency contracted Sharif Industrial University to design and build Dusti satellite in a bid to acquire the technology that will be installed and used for the first time in Iran's satellites, according to the minister.

Three dimensional attitude control, on-board data handling (OBDH), semi-active heat control systems and solar panels made in Iran are a number of the technologies used in the new space vehicle.

Dusti is a micro-class 52-kilogram satellite and will fly in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), the minister said. 

The previous Iranian-built spacecraft, called Payam (Message in Persian) failed to remain in the orbit although it was launched successfully. 

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