Iran to showcase new rockets, satellites: Report

Last Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 21:49

Tehran: Iran said on Sunday it will showcase
what it called a new range of rockets and satellites during
annual celebrations marking the 32nd anniversary of the
Islamic revolution.

Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Safir 1-B and
Kavoshgar 4 rockets and Rasad and Fajr satellites would be
unveiled during the 10-day celebrations that start on Tuesday,
according to state television website.

Iran will mark on February 11 the 32nd anniversary of the
1979 Islamic revolution which toppled the US-backed shah.
Every year Tehran uses the occasion to tout its scientific and
technological achievements.

The Safir (Ambassador) 1-B rocket can carry a satellite
weighing 50 kilogrammes (110 pounds) into an elliptical orbit
of 300 to 450 kilometres (185 to 280 miles), the website said.

Iran sent into space in February 2009 the Safir 2 rocket
carrying its first home-built satellite, called Omid (Hope).

The state television report said the other Kavoshgar
(Explorer) 4 rocket has a range of 120 kilometres.

In February 2010, Iran launched a capsule carrying live
turtles, rats and worms aboard a Kavoshgar 3 rocket in what
was its first experiment to send living creatures in space.

In December, Vahidi said Iran would launch a Fajr (Dawn)
reconnaissance satellite in the next few months, along with a
Rasad (Observation) 1 satellite that was initially to have
been launched in August 2010.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meanwhile today opened a
new space research and training centre, media reports said.

Iran`s missile and space programmes have sparked concern
abroad that such advanced technologies, combined with the
nuclear know-how that the nation is acquiring, may enable
Tehran to produce an atomic weapon.

Iran denies its nuclear programme has military aims.


First Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 21:49
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