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Iran broke US aerospace monopoly: MP
Iran successfully launched new 'Navid-e Elm-o Sanat' satellite into orbit on February 3, 2012.
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In electronic war, Islamic Iran can counter the cyber army attacking the country.”

Iranian lawmaker Hossein Garrousi

A top Iranian lawmaker says the successful launch of theNavid satellite testifies to the country’s progress in aerospace technology and challenge US monopoly in this field.

“Many countries refused to even lease their satellites to Iran, but today the Islamic Republic has made this accomplishment (building and launching a satellite),” Hossein Garrousi said on Sunday.

Garrousi, a member of the Majlis Industries and Mines Committee, pointed to Iranian achievements in different technological fields and said, “In electronic war, Islamic Iran can counter the cyber army attacking the country.”

“Iran‘s aerospace capabilities have increased and this is despite US having monopoly over the technology.”

Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Knowledge and Industry) is a telecom, measurement and scientific range, which was launched into space via theSafir satellite-carrier.

The satellite, completely designed and built by Iranian experts, was launched into orbit early Friday (3 February) on the third day of the 10-Day Dawn celebrations, marking the 33rd anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Islamic Republic launched its first indigenous satellite, Omid (Hope) in 2009.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations' Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

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