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Replica of 'Omid' satellite on display

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 9, IRNA -- A replica of 'Omid' satellite, which was successfully sent into orbit recently, is on display here at Mosalla (grand prayers ground) and will remain on show until February 13.

Announcing this, an expert on the satellite, Hossein Rasouli told IRNA at the ongoing exhibition of Islamic Revolution's achievements in 30 years that the satellite is an indigenous product and has been designed to facilitate satellite communication with minimum risk.

The satellite, which weighs 25 kilograms, was placed into orbit last week and revolves around the earth 15 times in a 24-hour period, he said.

Stating that the satellite was built completely by Iranian experts, Rasouli added that indigenization of space technology, and identifying the country's hardware and software capacities are among the achievements of the project.

He said that Safir (envoy) Satellite Carrier which is 22 meters in length and 1.25 in diameter is the first of its kind made in the country.

The satellite is the epitome of Iranian experts' capabilities, he said, noting that visitors showed keen interest in the replica of the satellite.

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