August 17, 2008

Iran’s President Gives Order for Launching Satellite

Text of report by state-run Iranian TV channel one on 17 August

[Presenter] On the evening of the anniversary of the auspicious birth of the twelfth Shi'i Imam, Imam Mehdi, may God hasten his advent, the Iranian scientist could successfully test fire the satellite-carrier rocket into space with an order by President Ahmadinezhad.

[Ahmadinezhad - voice] In the name of God. [Ahmadinezahd reads a verse from the Koran in Arabic, Persian translation:] In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. O God! We beseech you to hasten the lofty advent of your heir [the Hidden Shi'i Imam]. O God! Present him with good health and your assistance; and grant us the honour of being his best companions and to testify before him. There is no power but the power of the lofty and the great God.

In the name of the compassionate God and with the help of the great Imam Mahdi, may God hasten his advent, and in the memory of our great leader [late Ayatollah Khomeyni] and the dear martyrs and devotees of the Revolution, I issue the order to launch the Safir-e Omid satellite-carrier rocket. [Says a phrase in Arabic; Persian meaning: O Mehdi, we ask for your help.]

[Presenter] The launch paved the way for [the possibility of] the Iranian satellite being placed in the orbit in the future. This test which was aimed at testing the performance of the satellite carrier for remote-data processing, central earth stations, telemetry and telecommand ground stations and determining the satellite positioning systems could reach its pre-determined objectives. During the launch the earth's broad communication infrastructure completely supported the launch.

Originally published by Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran Network 1, Tehran, in Persian 1645 17 Aug 08.

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