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Iran announces successful satellite launch


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The Iranian authorities have announced this Thursday the launch of a rocket with a satellite baptized as ‘Simorgh’ (Fénix), an operation that has been successfully completed

The spokesman for the Space Group of the Iranian Department of Defense, Ahmad Hoseini, has indicated that the ‘Simorgh’ has been launched early in the day with research material.

“In this launch, the performance and function of the base components and the satellite launch stages have taken place correctly and finally the objectives of the same have been fully achieved,” he said.

He also stressed that this represents an advance over the launches of the satellites ‘Safir’ and ‘Ghasedak’ and added that the ‘Simorgh’ was one of the main points of the country’s space industry.

Hoseini has also stated that the charges have been thrown simultaneously at a height of 470 kilometers at a speed of 7,350 meters per second, before influencing that the telemetry data has been stored by the Iranian authorities.

The Iranian Government has defended at all times that these satellites will collect information on the climate and other functions with civilian application and have denied that they have a military purpose, so they would not violate international agreements.

However, the United States and other Western countries have in the past been critical of the Iranian satellite program and they have warned of its possible use for the manufacture of long-range ballistic missiles.

The launch has taken place amid talks in Vienna for the return of the United States to the 2015 nuclear deal. The contacts will enter a recess between the December 31 and January 3Tehran recently announced.

Iran has announced the withdrawal of its commitments on several of the points of the agreement after the United States unilaterally left the pact in 2018, although the Iranian authorities have argued that these steps can be reversed if the United States withdraws the sanctions and returns. to the agreement.

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