Iran Launches Military Satellite

First launch of Qased rocket in 2020. (Credit: Fars Media Corporation)

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) successfully launched a second Noor satellite into orbit, according to state-run media.

Noor 2 satellite was placed into a 500-km (311-mile) high orbit by the three stage Qased rocket from the Shahroud spaceport.

It was the second successful Qased launch in as many attempts. A Qased rocket launched the first Noor satellite into orbit in April 2020.

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

Iran will send a series of military satellites into orbit over the coming years, Space Commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ Aerospace Force Ali Jafarabadi said on Tuesday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

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

The United States has condemned previous satellite launches saying they are cover for the development of ballistic missile technology development. Iran has denied the claims.