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[i]The satellite named Omid (Hope) has been designed and built by Iranian specialists and was orbited by an Iranian carrier rocket.
In a message issued on Sunday, the Joint Chief of Staff said the rocket carrying the country's first satellite, was successfully fired on the birth Anniversary of the last Imam of Shiites, Hazrat Mahdi, thus illustrating the auspicious name of the Imam in the space.[/i]
[i]Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics said Friday that in presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's 'Safir' (Messenger) satellite-carrier rocket, carrying Iran's first 'Omid' (Hope) Satellite, was successfully launched into the space tentatively on Sunday.
The Ministry statement, a copy of which was made available to IRNA on Sunday, said the launch thus paved the way for placing the first Iranian satellite in orbit.[/i]
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