News ID: 110913
Published: 0730 GMT February 03, 2015

Official: Fajr satellite serves no military purpose

Official: Fajr satellite serves no military purpose

The domestically-made National Fajr (Dawn) Satellite, which was launched on Monday, serves no military purpose, an Iranian official said Tuesday.


Director of space projects at Iran Electronics Industries Company, Mehdi Sarvi, told IRNA that the Fajr satellite serves no military purpose and could be used in the fields of shipping, sea, road, agricultural and meteorological.

The satellite made its first contact with ground stations hours after it was placed into orbit, Sarvi said Monday.

"We should wait for Fajr satellite to complete its subsequent missions," he added.

Iran on Monday successfully placed into orbit the Fajr Satellite with President Hassan Rouhani issuing the order for its launch.

The satellite is capable of remaining in space for 1.5 years and taking and transmitting high-quality and accurate pictures to stations on Earth.

Fajr satellite is technically characterized by an orbit which could increase from 250 to 450 kilometers through a thruster or an engine.

Equipped with GPS navigation system, Fajr, weighing 52 kilos, is the fourth Iranian-made satellite to be put into orbit between 2009 and 2012.

After Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009, it put two other satellites including, Rasad (Observation), and Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) into space.

The country has so far launched 13 satellites and space explorers into orbit.

Director of Iran Aerospace Systems Research Center Mohammad Ebrahimi said Iran is among the five emerging space powers in the world.

He added that four out of the 13 satellites and explorers have been domestically built by Iranian experts.

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