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Iran says its rocket sends three 'research payloads' into space

CommoditiesDec 30, 2021 01:41PM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. Iranian satellite carrier rocket "Simorgh" is launched in an unknown location in Iran, in this picture obtained on December 30, 2021. Ministry of Defense of Iran/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS 2/3

DUBAI (Reuters) -Iran used a satellite launch rocket to send three research devices into space on Thursday, a defence ministry spokesman said, as indirect U.S.-Iran talks take place in Austria to try to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal.

He did not clarify whether the devices had reached orbit, but suggested the launch was a test ahead of coming attempts to put satellites into orbit.

Iran, which has one of the biggest missile programmes in the Middle East, has suffered several failed satellite launches in the past few years due to technical issues.

Spokesman Ahmad Hosseini said the Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite carrier rocket had launched the three research devices at an altitude of 470 km (290 miles) and at a speed of 7,350 metres per second.

"The intended research objectives of this launch were achieved," Hosseini told state television. "This was done as a preliminary launch ... God willing, we will have an operational launch soon."

State TV showed footage of what it said was the firing of the launch vehicle from the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran at dawn.

"By developing our capacity to launch satellites, in the near future satellites with a wide range of applications... will be placed into orbit," Hosseini said.

"The payloads launched today were subsystems of satellites that were tested in vacuum conditions and high altitude as well as high acceleration and speed and the data was gathered," he added.

Information and Communications Technology Minister Isa Zarepour said: "I hope lessons learned from this research launch will pave the way for operational access to satellite system launch technology", according to state media.

Thursday's reported launch comes as Tehran and Washington hold indirect talks in Vienna in an attempt to salvage a nuclear accord that Iran reached with world powers and that former U.S. president Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson said Washington was aware of reports on the launch, adding that such launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the 2015 nuclear deal.

"The United States remains concerned with Iran’s development of space launch vehicles, which pose a significant proliferation concern," the spokesperson said.

The United States imposed sanctions on Iran's civilian space agency and two research organisations in 2019, claiming they were being used to advance Tehran's ballistic missile programme.

Tehran denies such activity is a cover for ballistic missile development.

Iran launched its first satellite Omid (Hope) in 2009 and its Rasad (Observation) satellite was sent into orbit in 2011. Tehran said in 2012 that it had successfully put its third domestically-made satellite, Navid (Promise), into orbit.

In April 2020, Iran said it successfully launched the country's first military satellite into orbit, following repeated failed launch attempts in previous months.

Iran says its rocket sends three 'research payloads' into space
 

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Roger Miller
Roger Miller Dec 30, 2021 4:23PM ET
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Iran taking advantage of the current weak and inept US leadership.  They saw what happened in Afghanistan.
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Rubberduck1973 Dec 30, 2021 3:05PM ET
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"The United States remains concerned with Iran’s development of space launch vehicles, which pose a significant proliferation concern," the spokesperson said. What the fac. Do Americans really think they are the only ones allowed to lunch something into space? Nobody in freaking history has ever judged the USA on what they were putting into space. What arrogance.
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Its not about a satilite dummy!! Its aboit the fact that the same tech could be uaed to nuke someone and the nuts in Iran are pretty clear about what they want.
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Iran now join Russia, US and China with nukes in space.
 
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