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Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "Iran Plans to Launch Satellite by May 2005
Thu 2 September, 2004 13:01

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said Thursday it would launch its first satellite into space by May 2005, state television reported.
Mohammad Fathi, head of Iran's Scientific and Industrial Research Center, said the Mesbah (lantern) satellite was domestically produced and would be used for weather forecasting and locating natural resources.
'The Mesbah satellite will pave the ground for Iran to build other satellites in the future,' Fathi said.
State television said it would be cube-shaped, weigh 134 pounds and would be placed into orbit at an altitude of around 560 miles.
Iran had announced in January that it would be the first Islamic country to go into space and was developing its own launch pad for the project, but did not elaborate.
Thursday's television report did not say where the satellite would be launched from."

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