Iranian DM Praises Successful Launch of Homegrown Satellite

Iranian DM Praises Successful Launch of Homegrown Satellite

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian defense minister congratulated the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the president on the successful launch of the domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite into orbit.

In separate messages to Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan described the launching of the satellite into space as “a great success”.

This is the fourth homegrown satellite launched successfully into space by the experts at the Defense Ministry's Aerospace Industries Organization and Iran Electronics Industries.

The satellite was sent into space using home-made Safir-e Fajr satellite carrier.

As regards the carrier used to send Fajr satellite into orbit, Dehqan said on Monday that all the production phases of the carrier, including its design and development, have been carried out by the ministry’s Aerospace Industries Organization.

Iran has in recent years made great headways in manufacturing satellites thanks to the efforts made by its local scientists.

The country successfully launched its first indigenous data-processing satellite, Omid (Hope), into orbit back in February 2, 2009.

As part of a comprehensive plan to develop its space program, Iran also successfully launched its second satellite, dubbed Rassad (Observation), into the earth's orbit in June 2011. Rassad's mission was to take images of the earth and transmit them along with telemetry information to ground stations.

The country launched its third domestically-built Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite into orbit in February 2012.

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