Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Iranian satellite

Iran Says It Has Launched Satellite

"Iran said Tuesday it had launched what it described as its first satellite produced domestically as part of an effort to build a space industry.

"The launch on Monday, coinciding with celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution...

"The official news agency, IRNA, said the satellite was launched using a Safir-2 rocket and was 'successfully set into orbit.'

"The satellite was named Omid, IRNA said, and was sent into space as a 'data-processing satellite project' that began in March 2005 as 'the first practical step toward acquiring national space technology.'

"'The project’s experts focused on manufacturing the equipment and helping develop the potential of domestic companies to carry out such projects,' IRNA said. Weapons experts say the same technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used for launching weapons...

"'Dear Iranian nation, your children have placed the first indigenous satellite into orbit,' Reuters quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying in a televised message.

"'With God’s help and the desire for justice and peace, the official presence of the Islamic Republic was registered in space,' he said..."

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