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Iran says Omid satellite re-entered atmosphere

Press TV - Iran says its first domestically-made telecommunications satellite Omid has successfully concluded its mission and re-entered the atmosphere.

Iran carried out its first orbital launching in February -- which placed the country among a small group of countries capable of both producing satellites and sending them into space using domestic launchers.

Iran placed its first satellite into orbit on February 3 raising concerns in the West about the capabilities of its long-range missiles. Iranian officials said the satellite was launched for telecommunication and research purposes.

When Iran launched the Omid satellite on February 3, it announced plans for a 90-day space mission to test satellite-based orbicular guidance systems as well as remote sensing, satellite telemetry, and geographic information system technology.

Omid -- meaning Hope in Persian -- was designed to circle the Earth 15 times every 24 hours and to transmit data to an Iranian space station via two frequency bands and eight antennas.

According to Fars News Agency, Omid has successfully accomplished all its missions.

Iranian scientists have tracked the satellite plunging back to the Earth's atmosphere above South America and the Pacific Ocean.

Defunct spacecrafts commonly re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and burn up at the end of their mission in order to avoid possible damage to other spacecrafts.

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