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Iran to launch communications satellites

Iran today unveiled its plans to launch two homemade communications satellites into orbit by March next year. The satellites are jointly developed by the Iranian Space Agency and Iranian universities.

world Updated: May 23, 2010 19:52 IST

Iran on Sunday unveiled its plans to launch two homemade communications satellites into orbit by March next year.

Mohammad Ali Forghani, head of Iran's space agency, said the satellites would be displayed to public by mid this year, Iranian Fars news agency reported.

"These two satellites, which will be tasked with taking photos and sending them to the earth, will be sent to low Earth orbit," he said.

The satellites are jointly developed by the Iranian Space Agency and Iranian universities.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) set up in 1959.