Iran Attempting to Retrieve Satellite from Italy

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty Source – Space Daily: Iran wants to retrieve satellite built in Italy by Staff Writers Tehran (AFP) April 5, 2011 Iran is pressing Italy over a satellite, Mesbah-1, built by an Italian company in 2005 but never delivered to Tehran, a top Iranian space official said Tuesday. "Iran now has rockets capable of launching Mesbah-1, but unfortunately Italy is using various pretexts such as (UN) resolutions and sanctions for not giving us the satellite," space agency head Hamid Fazeli was quoted by the ISNA news agency as saying. "We have started consultations (with the Italian authorities) to recover" the satellite, he said without offering details. . . . [Full Story]

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