Iran launches military satellite

(ORDO NEWS) — Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has successfully launched a second Noor satellite into orbit, state media reported.

The Noor 2 satellite was launched into a 500 km (311 mi) altitude orbit by a three-stage Qased rocket from the Shahrud launch site.

This was the second successful launch of Qased in several attempts. The Qased rocket launched the first Noor satellite into orbit in April 2020.

Reuters reports that Iran is planning additional launches in the coming years.

Iran will send a series of military satellites into orbit in the coming years, Ali Jafarabadi, commander of the Space Aerospace Forces of the Revolutionary Guards, said on Tuesday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

“In the coming years, we will launch a series of Noor satellites. The space program of the country of which we are a part is to stabilize various scientific, research and defense satellites in low Earth orbit and then achieve an orbit of 36,000 kilometers above the earth,” Jafarabadi said.

The United States has condemned previous satellite launches, saying they are a front for the development of ballistic missile technology. Iran denies the claims.

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