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Iran to launch satellite into space early February

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9010-07162

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iran plans to launch satellite into space and inaugurate military projects early February, said Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi.

The projects on are to be inaugurated during the "ten-day dawn ceremony" on February (1-11), marking victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

On November 12, Vahidi announced that three domestically manufactured satellites dubbed Fajr (Dawn), Navid (Promise), and Tolou (Sunrise) will be launched during the current Iranian calendar year, which ends on March 19.

Iran launched the first domestically-built research satellite "Omid" in 2008 which has successfully orbited the earth 23 times since it was launched into space.

Omid is a research satellite that has been designed for gathering information and testing equipment.

Omid is the third Iranian-made satellite to be sent into space. Russia launched Iran's first satellite in 2005. Three years later, another satellite, which had been jointly designed by Iran, China and Thailand, was also sent into orbit.

The Iranian aerospace achievement comes as the country has been subject to sanctions for nearly 30 years. The sanctions have cut Iran's access to many goods, including spare parts for passenger planes.

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