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Iran to unveil its indigenous satellite in 2010


Iran's Safir-2 rocket carrying the Omid (Hope) satellite before it's launch in a space station at an undisclosed location in Iran. A File Photo. Image Credit: ISNA, Iran.

TEHRAN (BNS): Iran is planning to unveil its newly-built indigenous satellite 'Tolou' (Dawn) in February 2010.

"The new generation of Iran's satellite 'Tolou' will be unveiled in February," Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying by the governmental Iran paper, as reported by PTI.

The satellite is designed by Iranís Electronics Industries Co. (Sa-Iran), an affiliate company of the Defence Ministry.

According to a report in Tehran Times, Tolou will be made public in Ten-day Dawn. The Ten-day Dawn marks the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.

Iran's first indigenous satellite, the Omid (Hope), was also launched in February to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. The satellite was sent into orbit by an Iran-built rocket.

Vahidi also added that, "the satellite will be useful for the armed forces in military operations."

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