Iran test launches new solid fuel satellite-carrying rocket
The Aerospace Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has successfully launched a three-stage solid fuel satellite-carrying rocket.
Qaem 100, the first of its kind manufactured by Iranian scientists, is capable of putting satellites weighing up to 80 kilograms into orbit 500 kilometers from the earth's surface.
The launch vehicle’s solid-fueled first-stage engine, which had been subjected to ground tests early this year, successfully completed its first suborbital spaceflight on Saturday.
That means, according to IRGC officials, that Qaem 100 is now ready to launch Nahid, a satellite manufactured by Iran's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, into orbit in the near future.
Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the IRGC's Aerospace Division, and other senior military officials, supervised the flight test of the satellite carrier.
Speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony, Hajizadeh said arrogant countries, led by the United States, are doing all they can to hinder Iran's progress, adding, "They cannot stand the impressive achievements of the Islamic Republic of Iran."
He emphasized that the Iranian youths are overcoming the "heaviest" sanctions in history to make such great achievements.
Iran will continue down the path of progress and modern technologies, the IRGC commander insisted.
Iran has over the past years succeeded in manufacturing and putting into space different satellites as well as launching various carriers.
Late in June, Iran tested its domestically-developed hybrid-propellant satellite carrier rocket called Zuljanah for “predetermined research purposes” for the second time.