TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV on Monday aired the launch of the nation’s latest satellite-carrying rocket, which it mentioned was in a position to reach a top of 500 kilometers (310 miles).
The footage of the solid-liquid-fueled rocket confirmed the launch happening throughout daytime in a desert setting. The report didn’t say when or the place the launch occurred.
The rocket, named Zuljanah for the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, didn’t launch a satellite tv for pc into orbit. The satellite tv for pc service is 25.5 meters (84 ft) lengthy and weighs 52 tons.
Iran says its satellite tv for pc program, like its nuclear actions, is aimed toward scientific analysis and different civilian functions. The U.S. and different Western international locations have lengthy been suspicious of this system as a result of the identical expertise can be utilized to develop long-range missiles.
Ahmad Hosseini, spokesman for the Defense Ministry’s house division, which oversaw the launch, mentioned the rocket is able to carrying both a single 220-kilogram (485-pound) satellite tv for pc or as much as 10 smaller ones.
He mentioned the check helped Iran obtain its “most powerful” rocket engine and that the rocket may be launched utilizing a cellular launching pad. State TV mentioned the three-stage rocket makes use of stable gas within the first and second phases and fluid gas within the third.
In the previous, Iran has used varied fluid-fuel satellite tv for pc service rockets to place smaller units into orbit. Last yr, the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard mentioned it used a Qased, or “Messenger,” satellite tv for pc service to place its Noor satellite tv for pc into house.
Iran usually coordinates its checks of recent army and scientific tasks with nationwide holidays. It will have fun the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution later in February.