Iran's Revolutionary Guard Says It Launches Second Satellite

March 8, 2022


Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell


Associated Press

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force claimed it successfully launched a reconnaissance satellite into orbit on March 8. The three-stage, solid- and liquid-fueled Qased space-launch vehicle (SLV) carried the Noor-2 satellite into low-earth orbit. Iranian state media footage showed that the SLV was launched from a mobile launcher on a concrete pad near Shahroud. It was the IRGC space program's second launch; the Aerospace Force launched the first Noor satellite on the Qased SLV in 2020. The IRGC space program is distinct from the Iranian Space Agency, which reportedly experienced a failed launch in early March.