Iran launches a new rocket into space
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- The launch was carried out by the Iranian Space Agency.
- The rocket was launched from Imam Khomeini Space Launch Terminal located at Semnan space center, 300 km east of Tehran.
- The rocket or the Satellite launch vehicle used for this mission was Simorgh. It is also known as Phoenix or Safir-2 (Safir was Iran’s first space launch vehicle).
- Tehran successfully put its first military satellite into orbit in April 2020.
- Iran always insists that its space program is for civilian and defense purposes only, and does not breach the nuclear deal or any other international agreement.
- Western governments worry that satellite launch systems incorporate technologies interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
- Iranian Space Agency
- Established in 2004
- Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), which was set up on 13 December 1958.
- Iran became an orbital-launch-capable nation in 2009.
- Some of Iran’s satellite launch vehicles are Safir, Simorgh, Zuljanah, Qoqnoos, and Soroush.
- Iran’s main launch center is Imam Khomeini Space Launch Terminal located at Semnan.
- Omid is Iran’s first indigenously-launched satellite.
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