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Iran puts Rasad 1 satellite into orbit
Iranian-built satellite used for transmitting images, weather forecasts launched into space

Iran has successfully launched a second domestically built satellite into orbit, Iran's Arabic language al-Alam television reported on Wednesday.


"Iran launched a domestically built rocket and the Rasad 1 (satellite) has been put into orbit," al-Alam reported.



In February 2009, Iran launched its first domestically-built satellite, OMID.


The United States and its allies fear Iran is seeking to build nuclear bombs and are concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warheads.

Iran says its nuclear program is solely to generate electricity.


The Rasad 1 (Observation) satellite will be used for transmitting images and weather forecasts, TV reported.


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