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Iran Successfully Launched The First Military Satellite Into Orbit



On April 22, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) announced it had successfully launched its first military satellite into orbit, Reuters news agency said.
"Iran's first military satellite, Noor, was launched this morning (April 22 - PV) from central Iran. The launch took place successfully and the satellite went into dance,"  Reuters reported . news from Iran national television.
The IRGC Sepah News agency described the military Noor military (roughly translated as "light") as a versatile spy satellite. The launch uses a Ghased satellite rocket, and currently, Noor military satellites are operating at orbit 425 km off the Earth's surface.
Sepah News  affirmed that bringing the Noor military satellite into space was "a great achievement and a new development in the field of Iran's space science". 

This is the first military launch and the second satellite launch of Iran since the beginning of the year. The country attempted to launch the Simorgh rocket carrying the civil satellite Zafar on 9 February, but "the missile was unable to reach the speed needed to bring the satellite into the correct orbit" - PressTV (Iran).

The mission of Zafar's civil satellite is to take pictures on the ground and collect necessary data for earthquake research as well as response to other natural disasters.

The launches came amid tensions with US-Iran relations following the US military's killing of IRGC's Major General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq earlier this year.

Currently, although the COVID-19 pandemic is a global problem and international organizations call for countries to unite against the epidemic, US-Iran relations have not improved.
On April 2, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "According to my information and beliefs, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on the military and / or talent. US production in Iraq. If that happens, Iran will pay a heavy price. "
Fox News sources said the US believes that Iran-backed forces are preparing to attack and that Trump's tweet is just a warning. 


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