Rasad 1

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Rasad 1
Mission type Observation
Operator Iranian Space Agency
COSPAR ID 2011-025A
SATCAT no. 37675
Mission duration 3 weeks
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 15.3 kilograms (34 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 15 June 2011, 09:14 (2011-06-15UTC09:14Z) UTC
Rocket Safir-1A
Launch site Semnan
End of mission
Decay date 6 July 2011 (2011-07-07)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 233 kilometres (145 mi)
Apogee 271 kilometres (168 mi)
Inclination 55.6 degrees
Period 89.54 minutes
Mean motion 16.08
Epoch 22 June 2011[1]

Rasad-1 (Persian: رصد‎, meaning Observation) was an Iranian satellite which was launched in 2011.[2][3] The third Iranian satellite, and the second to be launched successfully using an indigenous rocket, Rasad-1 was Iran's first imaging satellite. Launched aboard a Safir-B carrier rocket, it was successfully placed into a low Earth orbit at an altitude of 236 by 299 kilometres (147 by 186 mi), inclined at 55.7 degrees. It made approximately fifteen orbits per day.[citation needed]

Rasad-1 was launched on the maiden flight of the Safir-B rocket, designated Safir-B1, from a launch site in Semnan Province, Iran. The launch occurred at approximately 09:14 UTC on 15 June 2011 with the spacecraft reaching orbit several minutes later.

The satellite had a mass of 15.3 kilograms (34 lb) and returned images with a resolution of 150 metres (490 ft).[citation needed] It was equipped with solar panels to generate power. The satellite decayed from orbit three weeks after launch, on 6 July 2011.[4][5]

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  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Iran launches home-made satellite into orbit". Telegraph. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Iran satellite is step towards human space flight". New Scientist. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Christy, Robert. "2011". Zarya Diaries. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Mcdowell, Jonathan. "planet4589". Jonathan's space Report. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 

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