Iran to launch a brand new satellite into space by the end of the year
TEHRAN – Iran will launch a new satellite into orbit by the end of the current Iranian year, which ends March 20, 2023.
The statement was made on the sidelines of the 12th Malek Ashtar festival in Tehran on Sunday by Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the IRGC’s aerospace division.
Hajizadeh said the Qaem satellite carrier will be used to launch the new local satellite into space.
He added that it will be a continuation of the country’s achievements in the field of aerospace technology.
The commander of the IRGC’s aerospace division also said the adversary now recognizes Iran’s military capabilities.
It will be Iran’s third military satellite in space. The nation launched its second satellite, Nour-2, into orbit in March 2022, and its first spacecraft, Nour-1, in April 2020.
The orbiter, which was tasked with carrying out reconnaissance missions, was launched from a launch pad in Iran’s Dasht-e Kavir desert aboard the locally produced Qassed satellite carrier. It traveled 6.7 km/s for 480 seconds before entering orbit at an altitude of 500 km.
Iran was the first Muslim country to send a satellite into space, according to Major General Hossein Salami, who was speaking on the sidelines of the Nour-2 launch.
This achievement, he said, shows Iran’s victory over its technological warfare adversaries who had tried to impede the country’s progress.
Nour-1 is now 425 kilometers from the planet and in orbit around the earth.
Hajizadeh said thousands of young experts are making contributions to Iran’s aerospace industry in his speech on Sunday.
The country’s adversaries now recognize its progress in aerospace and air defense, he said.
The senior commander pointed to General Kenneth McKenzie’s comments last year in which he acknowledged that Iran’s deployment of drones had rendered the United States operating without complete air supremacy for the first time since the Korean War.
“Enemies say Iran’s aerospace, drone and missile programs are even more important than its nuclear activities,” he said.
“The enemy admits that the policy of ‘maximum pressure’ and its imposition of crippling sanctions have faced an ignominious defeat,” Hajizadeh stressed.
The IRGC’s aerospace force commander said Iran leads the world in the development of surface-to-air missiles based on unmanned aerial vehicles. He also credited the prudence of the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, for the advancement of the nation.
Hajizadeh went on to say that “if today the enemies are worried about this power and are calling for negotiations and seeking a resolution in Congress to contain Iran, all of this is the result of the implementation of these measures” .
He also pointed to the normalization of relations between the Israeli regime and some Arab states, saying that these states would voluntarily or unwillingly transfer a “cancerous tumor” to their own country.