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Iran launches Safir Satellite Carrier Into Orbit

08/17/08 Report Press TV; Photos: ISNA

Iran successfully launches its first homemade satellite carrier, Safir 1, opening a new chapter in the country's scientific achievements.

The launch of the new rocket from Iranian soil will pave the way for the country to send a lightweight telecommunications satellite, Omid (meaning 'hope' in Persian), into orbit in the near future.

The domestically manufactured Omid satellite will pass over the country six times a day for research purposes.

The launch of Safir 1 was aimed at improving the country's space industries. Safir 1 tested remote sensing, Satellite telemetry, and geographic information system (GIS) technology as well as remote and ground station data processing.

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