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Iran puts first satellite in orbit
03 February 2009 02:37 am
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Iran placed its first homemade satellite in orbit using a Safir-2 rocket, two local news agencies reported Tuesday without quoting sources.

"On the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and with the order of the president, the national Omid satellite was launched," Fars news agency said.

"This is the first satellite that has been launched in the history of our nation, and it was carried by Safir-2 satellite carrier."

The satellite was launched on Monday evening, the state news agency IRNA reported.

IRNA said the satellite was completely "made in Iran and is a light satellite."

"The satellite is aimed at determining orbital measurements and will circulate Earth 15 times every 24 hours," the report said without quoting a source.

It said Safir-2 had the capability to "accurately launch a light satellite into space and place it in orbit."

"All parts of Safir-2 Omid have been made by Iranian scientists," it added.

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