Iran launches Soraya satellite into orbit, sets new space launch record

Iran has set a “new” space launch record after successfully launching the Soraya (Sky) satellite to an altitude of 750 kilometers above the earth’s surface for the first time.

The Aerospace Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Saturday that the launch of Soraya satellite into orbit was carried out by its domestically-manufactured Qaem 100 satellite carrier.

Qaem 100, Iran’s first three-stage solid-fueled rocket which can carry up to 100 kilos, placed a research payload with an approximate mass of 50 kg in the orbit in its third test launch.

The launch, conducted in the presence of Major General Hossein Salami, IRGC’s chief commander, Hassan Salarieh, head of Iranian Space Agency, and Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division, was reported to have set a “new record” in space launch as this is the first time that Iranian satellite carriers reach the 750 km orbit.

According to Fars news agency, the satellite has started sending telemetry data.

With the launch of this research satellite, many subsystems developed by the Iranian Space Research Center move to the phase of orbital testing , and the way for the rapid development of Iran’s indigenous space industry becomes smoother.

The launch is also an important step towards increasing the capability of sending satellites into higher orbits.

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