Iran Space Satellite Launch Fails

January 15, 2019

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Press TV

Iran's launch of the domestically built Payam satellite into space failed, after technical problems occurred during the final stage of the launch. The first and second stages of the launch were successful but the Simorgh satellite carrier failed to accelerate to orbital speed in the third stage, according to Iran's Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi. Jahromi added that Iran was preparing to launch another Low-Earth Orbit satellite, named Doosti. Iran claims that the aim of the space missions is to collect environmental information and that there is no military aspect to the launches.