August 29, 2008

Paper Praises Iran’s Entry in Space, Rockets, Communication Satellites Field

Text of report by unidentified correspondent headlined "In the presence of the president, space was conquered by Iran's "Safir Omid" [Ambassador of hope]" published by Iranian newspaper Javan on 18 August

The pioneer experts of our country launched a test flight of the satellite ["Safir-e Omid"] carrier rocket on the night of the Holy Mehdi birthday in the presence of the president, and paved the way for sending the satellite into the orbit of earth.

According to Iranian Students News Agency [ISNA] report this test aimed at checking and confirming the performance of the satellite on data processing systems by remote control, central earth station [as published], telemetric earth stations, remote control command (tel- command) [as in Farsi text] and determining the position of satellite. In this test, the extensive land-base communication infrastructures backed up the test launch in a completely successful manner. Furthermore, the Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff announced yesterday in a separate message the second successful launch of the satellite carrier [rocket] Safir, and congratulated the event to the threshold of the Lord of the Age and his rightful deputy the esteemed leader, and the valiant nation of Islamic Iran.

The message reads: "The second launch of the satellite carrier [rocket] Safir, with the first satellite Omid [hope] on board took place with complete success and depicted the Blessed name of the Lord of the Age in space."

The Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in this message: "This is the second test launch that, God be praised, reached its objective with success, and provided the noble people of Islamic Iran joy and vigour. It is necessary to congratulate this successful event to the threshold of the Lord of the Age, and his rightful substitute, the eminent leadership, Ayatollah Khamene'i and the lofty umma of Islamic Iran and all the scientists and experts of our Islamic homeland, and pray for further success in future."

The President too had referred to the imminent launch of the first Iranian rocket and communication satellite during his recent trip to Turkey. At the gathering of Iranians residing in Turkey, regarding the sanctions against Iran, Ahmadinezhad had said: "It is now 30 years that we are under sanction; they had not allowed us to have the least technology. During the time we had relations with them and there were no sanctions 99 per cent of our equipment were imported, but since they imposed sanctions on us until today we have managed to develop into a nuclear power. We have not been harmed by the sanctions. Today we are among the first five countries in the world in biotechnology, in nano-technology we are among the first 10 countries." He continued: "I am honoured to announce today to the assembly of Iranians living in Turkey that very soon, and with the grace of God, in this coming week we shall launch the first Iranian communication satellite with our own rocket and satellite carrier into the space. We have patented 70,000 inventions in Iran, and this is while America and the West are going through recession in these months and are suffering from economic crisis."

The space officials of the country had announced some six months ago (Bahman of 1386) after the test launch of "Kavoshgar - 1" [Discoverer - 1] rocket into space that by summer this year they shall launch the Iranian satellite Omid from a launching pad from inside the country and place the satellite into orbit.

On Bahman of last year, engineer Talebzadeh had said to reporter on the margins of the Seventh Conference of Iran's Air Space, about the test launch of Kavoshgar - 1 rocket: "The launch of Kavoshgar - 1 consisted of two parts. After some 100 seconds, the first part separated from the second part and returned to earth by means of parachute. The second part went up to the height of 200 km along its planned course. This second part gathered data along its path about the uni-sphere, atmosphere, electro-magnetic waves and other information, and concurrently got in touch with land-based station and transmitted the data and after 5 to 6 minutes it, too, returned to earth by parachute."

He further reminded: "This data would be used as base factors [as published] in future launches; and future launches, which would follow the same path, will certainly change and update this information."

The head of Iran's Space Organization reiterated: "Through analysis and processing of the gathered data we will develop and I hope that by next summer the satellite Omid will also be launched in this manner and after that we shall continue with launching other satellites."

Originally published by Javan, Tehran, in Persian 18 Aug 08.

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