Iran to launch two satellites with Russia in 2010

Iran is working on a plan to launch two communication satellites with Russia by the end of this year.

Tehran: Iran is working on a plan to launch two communication satellites with Russia by the end of this year.

During the Moscow visit of Iran`s Minister of Telecommunication Reza Taqipour in April, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Taqipour and his Russian counterpart Igor Shchegolev for broader cooperation in the field of telecommunication.

Mohammad Hosseinpour, a senior advisor to Taqipour, told Mehr News Agency Monday that if everything went according to the plan, the two telecommunication satellites would be launched by year-end, Press TV reported.

The new satellites, which are designed to reduce telecom traffic between Russia and Europe, will be equipped with filming applications and data-image transmission sensors.

After launching its first domestically-designed satellite, Omid (Hope), in February last year, Tehran has unveiled three new satellites and a satellite carrier.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), which was set up in 1959.

Bureau Report

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