Iran says it launched military satellite amid U.S. tensions

The two-stage satellite launch took off from Iran’s Central Desert, says Revolutionary Guard.

April 22, 2020 11:13 am | Updated 07:57 pm IST - TEHRAN, Iran

Military satellite Nour, which Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on April 22, 2020 was launched from the Qassed two-stage launcher in the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran's central plateau. Photo: Revolutionary Guard Corps/SEPAH News/AFP

Military satellite Nour, which Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on April 22, 2020 was launched from the Qassed two-stage launcher in the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran's central plateau. Photo: Revolutionary Guard Corps/SEPAH News/AFP

 

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday it launched a military satellite into orbit amid wider tensions with the U.S. , a successful launch after months of failures.

There was no immediate independent confirmation of the launch of the satellite, which the Guard called “Noor,” or light.

The Guard on its official said the satellite successfully reached an orbit of 425 kilometers above the Earth’s surface.

The two-stage satellite launch took off from Iran’s Central Desert, the Guard said, without elaborating.

The launch comes amid tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal and after a U.S. drone strike killed Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in January.

 

Iran has suffered several failed satellite launches in recent months.

On Sunday, the Guard acknowledged it had a tense encounter with U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf last week, but alleged without offering evidence that American forces sparked the incident.

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