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Iran to unveil space achievements soon: defense minister

English.news.cn   2012-12-19 21:04:26            

TEHRAN, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Wednesday that Iran was to unveil new space achievements soon, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Vahidi told reporters that the unveiling ceremony would take place on Feb. 2, Iran's Space Technology Day.

Iran has gained many remarkable achievements in the space technology area, he was quoted as saying.

In June, the defense minister said Iran's new space center, named Imam Khomeini Space Center, would be launched in the future and the Iranian scientists and experts from the Aerospace Industry Organization of the Defense Ministry would send into orbit new generation of the Islamic republic's satellites from the center.

As the first step, Vahidi said, the Tolou (dawn) satellite would be launched into orbit from the Imam Khomeini space center.

Iran, a founding member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, launched its first domestically-made data-processing satellite, the Omid (Hope), into space in 2009.

Iran frequently says that it will push ahead with its space program in the coming years.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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