Iran launches satellite into orbit
The Islamic Republic of Iran has set a "new" space launch record after successfully sending Soraya 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, which can
carry up to 100 kilos, placed a research payload with an approximate mass of 50
kg into a 750 km 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.