Second Iranian Space-Launch Center Revealed

August 7, 2013

Author: 

Joseph S. Bermudez and Jeremy Binnie

Publication: 

Jane's Defense Weekly

Iran has developed a new space launch facility 40 km southeast of the city of Shahrud, according to satellite imagery.  The new site has a larger launch pad than the existing Semnan space center, and is equipped with a horizontal rocket checkout facility and a 23 meter launch tower.  Both the Semnan and Shahrud facilities are believed to be capable of launching Iran's Simorgh satellite launch vehicle, which is designed to lift heavier payloads than the Safir rocket currently used by the Iranian Space Agency.