Iran Will Soon Launch 16-Engine Rocket – President
The Iranian president has said that Iran will soon launch a 16- engine rocket carrying satellites into space. Speaking at the gathering of Iranians resident in the USA on Wednesday 24 September, extracts of President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad’s remarks were reported by Fars:
“Explaining that Iran has developed the technology to launch rockets into the earth’s orbit, he said: Soon Iran will launch a rocket with 16 engines with the ability to put satellites at an altitude of 700km higher.”
Fars reported further remarks by the president: “Today – thanks to the sanctions by bullying powers – the Iranian nation has become nuclear. It has uranium enrichment in its grasp and developed the technology to launch satellites into the earth’s orbit. It has also developed two-stage and three-stage rockets and can launch them one after the other. Soon we will launch a rocket with 16 engines with the ability to put a satellite at an altitude of 700km higher [presumably other satellites].”
The Iranian president delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday 23 September.
Originally published by Fars News Agency website, Tehran, in Persian 0734 25 Sep 08.
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