Iran Prepares Satellite Deployment Site

Iran on Saturday announced it is close to completing another facility to enable deployment of additional nationally produced satellites, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, May 29).

The nation's Tolo orbiter would be the first spacecraft to lift off from the facility, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said in comments reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency. The indigenously manufactured Simorgh rocket would propel the system into orbit, he added.

"Some 80 percent of the actual construction of the new space center has been completed," and the site would fire "satellites from Iran, the regional countries and the world of Islam into orbit in the near future," Vahidi said (Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle, June 2).

The official specified neither the placement of the site nor its schedule for firing the Tolo satellite, Russia Today reported (Russia Today, June 3).

A significant satellite firing facility and a separate site for tracking orbiters are operational in Iran, AP reported. The nation's space activities have drawn concerns from the global community, as technology used to place objects into orbit can also be applied to ballistic missiles (Dareini, Associated Press).

June 4, 2012
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Iran on Saturday announced it is close to completing another facility to enable deployment of additional nationally produced satellites, the Associated Press reported.

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