Originally Posted by Ministry of Defence
Caretaker of Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization announced Tuesday the domestically-built Fajr (Dawn) satellite would be launched in the early months of next Iranian year (to start March 20, 2012).
Well done, Trigger. The Iranians have already launched several domestically-built satellites on domestically-built launchers. Navid (launched on Feb 3rd on a 'Safir' booster, a modified Shahab IRBM) is currently on orbit apparently taking earth observing images. It's a 50 kg satellite that's meant to be up there for 18 months, and it's flying over the UK 5 times today (next pass is at 13:02 GMT).