by Staff Writers
Tehran (IANS) Feb 16, 2012
Iran is planning to construct a facility to send bigger satellites into orbit, the official media reported Friday.
Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said the base will be used to launch one-tonne satellites.
Iran last week launched the observation satellite Navid into orbit. The satellite weighs 50 kg and can take pictures in attitudes ranging from 250 km to 375 km, Xinhua reported quoting Press TV.
Iran first launched its homemade satellite, the data-processing Omid satellite, in 2009.
Source: Indo-Asia News Service
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MASER 12 launched
Esrange Space Center, Sweden (SPX) Feb 16, 2012
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