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Iran unveils flight models of Kowsar, Hodhod satellites

A combo image of flight models of Iranian Kowsar and Hodhod satellites

Iran has unveiled flight models of the homegrown Kowsar and Hodhod satellites.

The models were put on show on Sunday at a ceremony, where the active figures of the private sector had gathered to honor the endeavors of late President Ebrahim Raeisi in the space field.

The Kowsar satellite is expected to be placed at a distance of 500 kilometers from the Earth's surface this autumn aboard the Russian rocket Soyuz.

It can be used for agricultural, mapping and demarcation purposes.

The satellite is equipped with two cameras and can take images with a resolution of 3.45 meters.

Back in February, Iran successfully launched the domestically-built Pars 1 research-sensing satellite by a Soyuz rocket from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome spaceport.

It came one month after the country simultaneously put into orbit the Mahda research satellite, as well as the Keyhan-2 and Hatef-1 nanosatellites, using the Simorgh (Phoenix) carrier.

Despite sanctions imposed by Western states in recent years, Iran has taken giant strides in the civilian space program.

Iran is among the world’s top 10 countries capable of developing and launching satellites.

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