First Iranian satellite launched
The first Iranian satellite made in cooperation with Russia was launched from Polstesk space base in Murmansk province in northwestern Russia at 10:52 local time on Thursday.
The satellite named Sina-1 (Z.S.4), separated from the Russian "Cosmos" rocket 35 minutes after blast-off, IRNA reported.
In addition to the Iranian satellite, the rocket carried several other Russian, British and Chinese satellites. The satellite will be mainly used in telecommunication and taking photographs of the earth.
Besides, the satellite can be used to photograph the natural disasters, resources and farmlands. It can transmit and receive a limited range of information on VHF and UHF frequencies.
Sina-1 weighing 170 kgs is equipped with two cameras and its life span is three years.