Rasad 1


Rasad 1
Mission typeObservation
OperatorIranian Space Agency
COSPAR ID2011-025A
SATCAT no.37675
Mission duration3 weeks
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass15.3 kilograms (34 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date15 June 2011, 09:14 (2011-06-15UTC09:14Z) UTC
Launch siteSemnan
End of mission
Decay date6 July 2011 (2011-07-07)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude233 kilometres (145 mi)
Apogee altitude271 kilometres (168 mi)
Inclination55.6 degrees
Period89.54 minutes
Mean motion16.08
Epoch22 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]

See also


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Iran launches home-made satellite into orbit". The 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.

External links

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