Iran Will Launch Locally Built Satellite Next Year, ISNA Reports

Iran will launch a locally built satellite into orbit in its next calendar year, which starts on March 20, the Iranian Students News Agency reported, citing Mohammad Eslami, the head of industry and research matters at the Defense Ministry.

The satellite, named Tolou, is intended to stay in space for three years, according to the report, published yesterday.

Iran’s first satellite, Sina-1, was jointly developed by Russian and Iranian scientists and launched from a Russian space center in 2005. The Persian Gulf country launched its first domestically produced satellite, Omid, in 2009.

Iran plans to send up several satellites to improve its telecommunications network and national disaster management, Reza Taqipour, who heads the Iranian Aerospace Organization, said in 2009.

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