Iran reports launching domestically-made satellite into orbit

Iran has successfully launched its first domestically-produced satellite into orbit, Iranian news agencies reported Tuesday. The "Omid", meaning hope in Persian, was reportedly sent into orbit on the order of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to mark the Islamic Republic's 30th anniversary. Omid was said to have been placed in the orbit by an Iranian-made "Safir" satellite-carrier. State television reported that the "Omid" was "intended for communications purposes" and would return to earth after several months of gathering information and testing equipment that "could assist Iranian experts in launching an operational satellite into space."