Iran Began Receiving Data From A Military Satellite Placed In Orbit
Several tracking stations on the territory of Iran receive signals from the Iranian Military Satellite "Nur"(in Persian," Light"), launched on Wednesday. This was announced on Iranian television by the commander of the aerospace forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Amir Ali Hajizadeh.
According to him, the signal is heard in Tehran, Zahedan, and Chabahar. In the near future, the initial parameters of the satellite will be optimized, and it will be fully commissioned.
In addition, Hajizadeh provided some technical details. In particular, according to him, the first stage of the launch vehicle was developed by specialists of the Ministry of defense of Iran, using liquid fuel-the same as in surface-to-surface missiles.
In the future, Hajizadeh noted, solid fuel will be used for launches, which will reduce the size of satellites.
He added that the IRGC will try to launch another satellite in the near future, while it will be placed in a higher orbit.
The satellite was launched into its intended orbit on Wednesday using a Qasedh carrier rocket (from the Persian "messenger") at an altitude of 425 km above the Earth's surface. The launch took place from a landfill located in the Dasht-e Kavir desert.