Iran Launches New Home-Made Satellite into Orbit

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News number: 9010173437 15:54 | 2012-02-03
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran on Friday successfully sent its domestically-made 
satellite named 'Navid-e Elm-o Sana'at' (Promise of Science and Industry) 
into orbit.
The satellite was sent to space following a decree by Iranian President 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday morning via videoconference.
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Minister of Science, Research and 
Technology Kamran Daneshjou and Head of State Spatial Organization Hamid 
Fazeli attended the control panel for the launch of the satellite.
The satellite, completely designed and built by Iranian experts, blasted 
into orbit on the occasion of the 10-Day Dawn celebrations, marking the 33rd 
anniversary of the victory of Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979.
The 50-kilogram orbiter lifted off into space with an orbital angle of 55 
degrees on the Iranian-made Safir satellite-carrier.

Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli said the domestically-built 
Navid satellite will circle the Earth at altitudes between 250 and 370 
Navid-e Elm-o Sanat is a telecom, measurement and scientific satellite whose 
records could be used in a wide range of fields.
Iran has already sent small animals into space - a rat, turtles and worms - 
aboard a capsule carried by its Kavoshgar-3 rocket in 2010.
 The Islamic republic, which first put a satellite into orbit in 2009, has 
outlined an ambitious space program and has, thus far, made giant progress 
in the field despite western sanctions and pressures against its 
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