TEHRAN, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) — Iran has sent its first home-built satellite into orbit. The Omid (meaning hope) lightweight satellite was sent into space by the Iranian-produced satellite carrier Safir 2.
Equipped with two frequency bands and eight antennae, Omid will transmit information to and from earth while orbiting the planet 15 times a day. The satellite is also equipped with remote sensing, satellite telemetry and geographic information system technology, as well as remote and ground station data processing.
In February 2007, Iran joined the international space-faring community when it successfully tested a rocket that went into space as part of its planned drive to launch five satellites into orbit by 2010. In October 2005, Iran’s first satellite — the Russian-made Sina-1– was put into orbit by a Russian rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome.