March 9, 2021

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Iran unveils new domestically-manufactured satellite carrier

Iran’s Defense Ministry has unveiled a new domestically-designed and manufactured satellite carrier capable of putting satellites into an orbit of 500km above the ground.

Ahmad Hosseini, a spokesman for the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Space Department, said on Monday that the new satellite carrier is based on the most powerful solid fuel engine, attained by the country’s specialists for the first time.

“For the first time in the field of space science, the first test launch of Zuljanah satellite carrier has been carried out after achieving the most powerful solid fuel engine technology with the goal of conducting suborbital test,” he added.

The three-phase satellite carrier, which is comparable with the most state-of-the-art ones in the world in technical aspects, has two solid thrust phases and one liquid thrust phase, he added.

The official noted that it is capable of carrying a satellite with the weight of 220kg at an orbit of 500km above the ground.

Hosseini said access to the country’s most powerful solid fuel engine with over 750 tonne thrust was among important achievements of the space test.

The satellite carrier would be ready to put operational satellites into orbit after the completion of research tests, he noted and added that reducing costs and increasing the speed of achieving objectives are among its main features.

Iran has used various fluid-fuel satellite carrier rockets to put satellites into orbit.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in April last year successfully launched and placed the country’s first military satellite into the orbit.

The elite force fired the satellite — dubbed Nour (Light)-1 — aboard Qased (Carrier) satellite carrier during an operation that was staged in Dasht-e Kavir, Iran’s sprawling central desert.

The satellite was placed into the orbit 425 kilometers above Earth’s surface.

It came after Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said in February last year that Iran’s satellite carriers have nothing to do with its military activities and lie completely outside the country’s defensive practices.

“The satellite carriers have nothing to do with the subject of missiles, and constitute a completely non-defensive and non-military issue,” Hatami said.

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