Iran Says It Launched a Military Satellite Into Orbit

April 22, 2020

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Associated Press

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The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that it placed Iran’s first military satellite, called “Noor,” into orbit. According to the IRGC, the three-stage rocket used for the launch, called "Ghased," uses both solid and liquid fuel. The launch allegedly took place from an IRGC base in Semnan Province, near Sharoud. The satellite reached orbit at 425 km, according to the IRGC. The United States has said that such satellite launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution and that they could help Iran develop intercontinental ballistic missiles.