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Rasad 1

Rasad 1 [Farsnews]

Rasad 1 is an Iranian nanosatellite built by the Malek Ashtar University in Tehran. The 15 kg satellite has an operational life of 2 months and orbits the earth in a height of 260 km. It is an experimental Earth observation satellite with a resolution of about 150 meters. Stabilization is provided by an extendable gravity gradient boom.

In line with research and development plans in space science and technology, on June 15, 2011 a Safir Satellite Launch Vehicle placed the Iranian satellite Rasad-1 into the LEO. Rasad was equipped with body-mounted solar panels to generate power for the batteries, with no limitation in the power source. Stabilization is provided by an extendable gravity gradient boom. It was the country’s first imaging satellite, and was a joint development by the Malek Ashtar Technical University. This 15.3 kg satellite with a life span of 21 days performed its mission successfully, beaming images with 150 m resolution to its receiving station and reentering the atmosphere on July 6, 2011. It was the third Iranian satellite and the second to be orbited using an indigenous launcher.

Nation: Iran
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Malek Ashtar University, Tehran
Contractors: Malek Ashtar University, Tehran
Equipment: Camera
Configuration: Octagonal prism
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 2 months (planned); 21 days (achieved)
Mass: 15 kg
Orbit: 236 km × 299 km, 55.7°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Rasad 1 2011-025A 15.06.2011 Sem LP-1 Safir-1A


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