August 18, 2008
Iran Ready to Launch National Satellite into Orbit Soon – Minister
According to Fars News Agency, Defence Minister Brig Gen Mostafa Mohammad Najjar has referred to the successful launch of Safir-e Omid satellite carrier and said: "With the successful test of all remote-controlled communication systems and the launch of Sarfir-e Omid satellite carrier, our countries' experts will be able to put our national satellite in the orbit in the not too distant future."
Originally published by Fars News Agency website, Tehran, in Persian 0856 18 Aug 08.(c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Newsfile. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.