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Iran to launch indigenous satellite in February

Final tests reportedly being done on several home-built birds

Iran plans to launch an indigenously designed and manufactured satellite into orbit in early February. According to an Iranian aerospace official, the final tests are being carried out on several indigenous satellites. These include Sharif Sat, developed by Iranian students and academics from Sharif University of Technology, and AUT Sat, developed by Iranian scientists at Amir Kabir University of Technology.  

Hamid Fazeli, Deputy Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA), added that the launch is intended to mark the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations, which commemorate the 35th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Sharif Sat, which reportedly weighs less than 50kg, is planned to be placed into a low Earth orbit at an altitude between 350km and 500km above the Earth’s surface. The satellite will capture images with a high degree of accuracy and transmit them to stations on Earth.

AUT Sat is a monitoring and telecommunications satellite, which weighs 100kg. It is expected to have a lifespan of two years.