Iran launches ‘The Fajr’ satellite
2 February 2015, Nirapad News: Iran said Monday it had launched an observation satellite its first since 2012 with President Hassan Rouhani declaring it safely entered orbit and that he had personally ordered the mission.
The Fajr (Dawn) satellite was to be placed 450 kilometres (280 miles) above Earth’s surface, said Al-Alam television, an Arabic-language station owned by the Islamic republic.
It is the fourth such satellite launch by Iran, after three others between 2009 and 2012.The satellite was locally made, said the press, as was its launcher, according to Rouhani who noted that Iran’s aim was to have no reliance on space technology from abroad.
“Our scientists have entered a new phase for conquering space. We will continue on this path,” Rouhani said in a short statement on state television. Al-Alam said the Fajr satellite would be able to take accurate pictures from space.
The launch came as Iran started 10 days of celebrations for the 36th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, culminating on February 11, “Victory Day,” when the US-backed shah’s reign officially ended in 1979.
Defence Minister General Hossein Dehgan echoed Rouhani’s comments, stating that the launcher, named Safir-Fajr, shows “the ability of Iran to build satellite launchers”.