TEHRAN, (BM) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) launched the first Iranian military satellite, called Nur (Light), into space orbit, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Iranian news agency Mehr on April 22.
There is no official confirmation of this information yet. Earlier, Iran made a couple of unsuccessful space launches.
According to the agency, the satellite was put into orbit at an altitude of 425 km with the help of the “Caced” launch vehicle (“Messenger”). Other technical details are not given. It is specified that the launch was timed to coincide with the 41st anniversary of the IRGC.
On February 9, Iran was unable to launch a satellite of its own production into orbit. The Simorg booster rocket successfully delivered the Zafar remote sensing satellite into space, but it did not reach the speed needed to enter orbit.
In January 2019, Iran also had problems launching the Payam satellite into orbit. Then the reason was that the booster failed to reach the required speed. The United States claimed that when launched, Iran used the technology used in intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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