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Iran conducts a satellite launch test

Iran conducts a satellite launch test

Iran conducts a satellite launch test

Iran conducts a satellite launch test. (credits: Google)

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  • Iran has conducted a second research test of its Zuljanah satellite launcher.
  • The launch was captured on state television, and it seemed to go off without incident.
  •  was it successful or if there was any connection to the deaths of Iranian aerospace specialists.
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State media reports that Iran has conducted a second research test of its Zuljanah satellite launcher.

According to a defense ministry spokesman published in Iranian media on Sunday, the satellite vehicle was launched with a suborbital objective, and the information obtained from the launch will guide a third planned flight.

The launch was captured on state television, and it seemed to go off without incident, although there was no word on whether it was successful.

After weeks of speculation, the launch finally took place at the Imam Khomeini Spaceport in the province of Semnan, as suggested by satellite imagery.

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Under recent weeks, a number of Iranian aerospace specialists have perished in unexplained circumstances. If there is a connection, it is unclear what it is.

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Without going into further detail, the Iranian defense ministry, which was in charge of the Zuljanah launch, said that one of them, 33-year-old Mohammad Abdous, was a member of staff and died while “on operation” in Semnan.

Before the launch, no remarks had been made by Iranian officials. On the day of the launch, there was no confirmation.

After successfully launching a second military satellite called the Noor 2 into orbit in March, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has now launched Zuljanah, which is named after Imam Hussein, the third imam of Shia Islam. Noor 2 is orbiting at a height of 500 km, according to the elite troops at the time (311 miles).

2020 saw the launch of Iran’s first military satellite, the Noor, which translates to “light,” into an orbit 425 kilometers (265 miles) above the planet’s surface.

The United States has previously expressed alarm over Iran’s satellite program, stating that Tehran might launch long-range weapons, maybe even a nuclear warhead, using the same long-range ballistic technology used to get satellites into orbit.

But Iran has routinely ignored these cautions. It insists that the nuclear program it is pursuing is entirely peaceful.

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The announcement of the launch comes a day after Josep Borrell, the top diplomat for the European Union, and Iranian officials reached an agreement to resume negotiations with the US in order to reinstate Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with the world’s superpowers.

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