IRGC Announces Plans To Launch Two New Satellites
IRI Pushes For Greater Space Capabilities
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Earlier in September the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on that Iran will launch two more satellites into space before the end of the current calendar year, the Islamic Republic News Agency stated, as it was quoted by Global Security.org.
Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the IRGC's Aerospace Division, said the country had successfully launched Nour-3, an imaging satellite, into orbit.
"Nour-3 satellite is equipped with cameras and will be involved in signal collection," he said, as he was quoted by media reports. "By the end of the year, we will have the launch of two more satellites."
The IRGC, which operates its independent space program, launched its first satellite into space in April 2020 and a second satellite launch was successfully carried out in early 2022.
Hajizadeh noted that the progress the IRGC is making suggests that shortly, "we will have a constellation of satellites in orbit."
In response to the launch, IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami said the Nour-3 satellite will be used to "meet its intelligence needs".
The IRGC used its Qased carrier to place the satellite in an orbit 450 kilometers from the surface of the Earth at a speed of 7.6 kilometers per second.
The successful launch of Nour-3 into space marks a significant milestone for the Islamic Republic of Iran. The move is a testament to the country's commitment to developing its space program and its capabilities in the field of aerospace engineering.
The two upcoming satellite launches are expected to further bolster the country's efforts to expand its presence in the space industry. It remains to be seen what kinds of technologies will be used in the new satellites and what impact they will have on the country's aerospace program.