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[i]Saturday's test of the two-stage rocket, called the Safir-e Omid, or Ambassador of Peace, was successful, state TV said, broadcasting images of the nighttime launch.
The rocket released equipment that beamed flight data back to ground control, said Reza Taghipoor, the head of Iran's Space Agency, in a live television interview.[/i]
[i]Iran put a dummy satellite into orbit on a home-grown rocket for the first time on Sunday, proving its capacity to launch satellites, the head of Iran's aerospace body said.
"The Safir satellite carrier was launched today (Sunday) and for the first time we successfully launched a dummy satellite into orbit," Reza Taghizadeh told state television.
Iranian state media had earlier wrongly reported that Iran had put a domestically made Omid (Hope) satellite into orbit.[/i]
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