OperatorIranian Space Agency (ISA)
COSPAR ID2012-005A
SATCAT no.38075
Mission duration2 months[1]
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass50 kilograms (110 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateFebruary 3, 2012, 00:04 (2012-02-03UTC00:04Z) UTC
Launch siteSemnan, Iran
End of mission
Decay date1 April 2012 (2012-05)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude250 kilometres (160 mi)
Apogee altitude375 kilometres (233 mi)
Inclination55 degrees
Period90 minutes

Navid (Persian: نوید) or Navid-e Elm-o San'at (نوید علم و صنعت, "Promise of Science and Technology") was an experimental Iranian Earth observation satellite.[2] The satellite carried a camera for taking higher resolution imagery of Earth and it was also be used to collect weather data and monitor natural disasters.[3] The third satellite to be launched indigenously by Iran, it was placed into orbit by a new configuration of the Safir carrier rocket, featuring a larger second stage with 20% more thrust.[4] The launch occurred at approximately 00:04 UTC on 3 February 2012.[5] The satellite remained in orbit for two months, before reentering the atmosphere on 1 April 2012.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Reports: Iran successfully launches small Earth-watching satellite". Christian Science Monitor. 3 February 2012.
  2. ^ "IRI successfully launches new satellite into orbit". IRIB. February 3, 2012. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Stephen Clark (3 February 2011). "Observing satellite launched by modified Iranian missile". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2012-02-03.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Issue 654". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Navis [sic] Satellite". Recent Reentries. Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.