By John Lee.
The Ministry of Science and Technology announced that it will launch a satellite for research purposes on 20th June from a base in the north of Russia.
Built in conjunction with La Sapienza University in Rome, the "Tigrisat" satellite (pictured) will also detect dust storms over Iraq.
It weighs just 4 Kg and measures 10 x 10 x 30 cm.
(Sources: Aswat Al Iraq, Ministry of Science and Technology)