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.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Malek Ashtar University, Tehran|
|Contractors:||Malek Ashtar University, Tehran|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Lifetime:||2 months (planned); 21 days (reached)|
|Orbit:||236 km × 299 km, 55.7°|