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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