Iran launches first military satellite into space

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps launches Iran's first military satellite on Wednesday from an undisclosed location in the Dasht-e Kavir desert. Photo by Sepan News/EPA-EFE

April 22 (UPI) — Iran successfully launched its first military satellite into space on Wednesday, authorities in Tehran said.

Officials said the Nour-1 satellite was put into orbit 255 miles above the surface of the Earth after it departed Iran’s Dasht-e Kavir desert.

Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei congratulated the military on the launch, which occurred on the anniversary of the founding of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in 1979.

Communication minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi called the satellite launch a “great national achievement,” and said he visited development of both the solid-propellant launcher and the satellite.

Tehran has not detailed the satellite or its capabilities.


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