Iran to launch two new telecom satellites

An Iranian space official said Sunday that Iran will launch two new telecommunication satellites in the orbit by next March, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"These two satellites which will be tasked with taking photos and sending them to the earth will be sent to low Earth orbit," said head of Iran's Space Agency Mohammed Ali Forghani.

The satellites, a joint production of the Space Agency and Iranian universities, will be launched by home-made satellite carriers, Forghani said according to the report.

In February, Iran successfully test-fired a satellite rocket and unveiled three new satellites and a satellite carrier.

The "Kavosh 3" (Explore 3) rocket carrying an "experimental capsule" has been successfully test-fired and will transfer telemetric data, live pictures and flight and environmental analysis data.