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New Indigenous Satellites Unveiled

Sunday, February 5, 2017

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

New Indigenous Satellites Unveiled
two new satellites, namely Nahid-1 and Payam-e-Amirkabir, developed by the national aerospace industry were unveiled in a ceremony held on the occasion of National Day of Aerospace Technology on Wednesday.
Known as Iran's first telecommunications satellite, Nahid-1 has been developed by the experts of Iranian Space Research Center.
Nahid-1 uses photovoltaic solar panels in orbit and uses the Ku band for communication, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Payam-e-Amirkabir has been developed in Tehran's Amirkabir University of Technology with the mission to take surveying images.
President Hassan Rouhani, in an address to the ceremony, called for boosting the communications sector to expand Iranians' global outreach by facilitating their access to a wide range of information and services on the Internet.

Space center starts construction of Nahid II Satellite
Iran’s Space Research Center has launched on Sat. the construction project of communications satellite ‘Nahid II’.
The mission of Nahid II communications satellite is defined as a focus on development and testing of basic technologies needed for building geostationary communication satellites with an operational life of two years that can establish telecommunications and measure radiation and test simultaneous telephone connections.
The satellite will be constructed in dimensions of 64x64 and weigh 100 kilograms. It will be put at an altitude of 500 kilometers from Earth and orbit at an angle of 55 degrees.
Nahid II is slated to be designed and constructed within the next 48 months. The satellite’s objectives include obtaining knowledge and technology of orbit transfer, development and stabilizing a part of technologies needed in telecommunications shipments, electric power and propulsion systems.

Iran 4th country in world to produce stable isotope
With the agreement signed with Russians, Iran will be the fourth country in the world which produces stable isotopes, broke the news AEOI spokesperson Behrouz Kamalvandi.
“Two agreements were signed in Moscow, one about production of stable isotopes and the other about the road map for production of nuclear fuel,” said Behrouz Kamalvandi, the Spokesperson of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), on Friday, in an interview to recount the accomplishments of his visit to Russian capital city of Moscow.
Mr. Behrouz Kamalvandi, along with an entourage of nuclear scientists and some officials of AEOI visited Moscow around ten days ago and there, along with meetings and visits, they signed two agreements with Russians.
The Iranian official told the local media that the agreement on producing stable isotopes in Iran will be put into effect in Fordow nuclear site of Iran. He added that while stable isotopes are of great use in medicine and industry, there are only three sites in the world producing it; one in the US, one in Russia, and the last one by the URENCO Group in Europe. He asserted that the agreement signed with Russians makes Iran the fourth country in the world which has a stable isotopes production site.

Female Developers And Consumer Demand Drive Fashion Tech Startups In Iran
Hedieh Oveisi quit her job on the digital team of a large advertising agency to work full-time on a fashion startup. She and six of her team mates are developing a personal styling app after winning first place at Iran’s first Startup Weekend focused on fashion and tech last month. The prize: three months in pre-accelerator phase at Dmond Innovation Group.
More than half of the nearly 100 participants were women. Oveisi, a 29-year old website designer was among them. Her team’s business idea, Fit & Fine, uses personal preferences to suggest various styles from local brands, depending on the occasion and the user’s taste. They plan to launch in March.
Just two years ago, when I first visited Iran to report on the ecosystem, startups were not yet mainstream. Oviesi says much has changed.
“Startups and knowledge-based companies that are established and managed by young people are among the society’s hot topics these days.”
In Iran, women must wear a manteau, a light coat from the neck to knees, and covering elbows. It’s given way to a cottage industry specializing in the garment.

 

ARTS

Farhadi's 'The Salesman' nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar
The Iranian film 'The Salesman' was among the five official nominees for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film, which were announced on Tuesday. 'The Salesman' is directed, written and produced by acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won the same award for 'A Separation' in 2012.
The film won Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for star Shahab Hosseini, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. It also picked up the Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language Film given by the International Press Academy.
It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Golden Globes earlier this month.
Farhadi is one of the foremost Iranian directors of his generation. 'A Separation' won a Golden Globe and the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2012, as well as taking the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
In an interview with Reuters, the director said 'The Salesman' is a look into the depths of human relations. "The oldest, the most ancient relationship in human history is the couple's relationship, the love relationship between a man and a woman," Farhadi said before the film's premiere in Cannes.
The film was screened in Cairo at Zawya cinema between January 18 and 24.
The 89th Academy Awards will take place on February 26 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

 

SPORTS

Iran’s GR wrestlers collect three golds, one bronze at Paris International
Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers won three gold medals on the final day of the Paris International to take Iran’s medal tally to four at the end of the tournament including a bronze snatched on the first day.
In the men’s 59kg, Mohsen Hajipour defeated Kazakhstan’s Mirambek Ainalugov 8-0 in the final to receive gold, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Iran’s other gold was snatched by Ramin Taheri-Sartang who outmuscled Hungary’s Peter Nagy 3-1 in the men’s 80kg. He currently stands 11th in the World rankings.
Amir Qasemi Monjazi was the third Iranian wrestler to receive gold after powering past Norway’s Oskar Marvik 9-0 in the final showdown of the men’s 130kg.
On the first day of the competition, Aliakbar Heidari had seized a bronze in the men’s 98kg in the Olympic Center of Paris.

Iran wheelchair basketball win AOZ U23 qualifying tournament title
Iran claimed the title of the IWBF Asia Oceania Zone U23 Wheelchair Basketball Championships on Saturday.
The Iranian team, who had qualified for the U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship, defeated Japan 67-51 and finished in the first place.
Earlier in the day, Australia defeated Thailand and qualified for the World Championship.
Wheelchair Basketball Canada will host the world-class event from June 8-16, 2017 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto.
Twelve competing nations, including the host team from Canada, will showcase the future of the sport as they battle for the world title for junior men.
The 2017 Men’s U23 World Championship is the sixth edition of the tournament, which takes place every four years.
The IWBF is the international governing body responsible for wheelchair basketball. It is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for persons with a disability to play the game of wheelchair basketball.

Iranians receive four medals in Karate1 Premier League
Iranian men and women karatekas collected four medals in the 21st Open de Paris – Karate1 Premier League in France.
Iran’s medals were earned by Sajjad Ganjzadeh (gold), Taravat Khaksar (gold), Zabihollah Poursheib (bronze) and Saman Heydari (bronze), Press TV reported.
The tournament opened in the French capital of Paris on January 27 and wrapped up on January 29, 2017.
The meet brought together more than 1,200 men and women from 78 nations, including Armenia, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Turkey, Venezuela, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Sources: Iran-Daily, Mehrnews, Forbes, Tehran-Times

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