Iran unveils models of two new satellites

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    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the models of two new domestically designed satellites, named the Nahid and the Zohre, on Monday during his visit to an exhibition of the country's achievements in the aerospace industry, which is being held on the occasion of the National Space Technology Day

    Experts at the research center of the Iranian Space Agency, in cooperation with scientists at Amirkabir University of Technology, have designed the Nahid satellite.

    The missions of the satellite are to assess the efficiency of the solar panels which have been used for the first time in a domestically manufactured satellite and to take photographs and transmit them to Earth.A geostationary orbit is a circular orbit 35,786 kilometers above the Earth's equator and following the direction of the Earth's rotation. An object in such an orbit has an orbital period equal to the Earth's rotational period, and thus appears motionless, at a fixed position in the sky, to ground observers. Communications satellites and weather satellites are often given geostationary orbits, so that the satellite antennas that communicate with them do not have to move to track them.According to officials, the Fajr (Dawn) satellite will most probably be sent into space before the current year ends.

    The Fajr, which is a reconnaissance satellite powered by solar energy, will be Iran's first new-generation satellite to be sent into orbit
     
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