Iran launches first home-made satellite
Iran has placed its first home-built satellite Omid in orbit using a Safir-2 rocket in a move that is set to raise new concerns in the international community.
The Omid (Hope) satellite, sent into space as Iran marks the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution this month is designed for research and telecommunications purposes.
Iran has placed a domestic research satellite into orbit for the first time, ushering in an era of independence in its space program.
Press TV has received confirmation that the first domestic Iranian satellite has been placed into orbit via two carrier rockets.
Omid (meaning 'Hope' in Persian) was sent into space by the Iranian-produced satellite carrier Safir 2 early on Tuesday, Press TV correspondent Saman Kojouri reported from the launching site. Safir 2 is an upgraded model of carrier Safir 1.
Equipped with two frequency bands and eight antennae, Omid will transmit information to and from earth while orbiting the planet 15 times per day.
The lightweight telecommunications satellite is equipped with remote sensing, satellite telemetry and geographic information system technology as well as remote and ground station data processing.
Omid is a research satellite that has been designed for gathering information and testing equipment. After orbiting for one to three months, Omid will return to earth, returning with data that will help Iranian experts send an operational satellite into space.
Omid carries experimental satellite control devices, communications equipment and power supply systems to a distance of 250 to 350 kilometers from the earth's atmosphere.