Recently, Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched a second reconnaissance satellite into space.
About the launch:
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has successfully put a second military satellite, the Noor 2, into orbit.
Noor 2 is orbiting at an altitude of 500 kilometres (311 miles).
The first military satellite, launched by the Islamic Republic in April 2020, placed the Noor at an orbit of 425km (265 miles) above the earth’s surface.
The three-stage Qased, or "Messenger", carrier launched the Noor 2, from the Shahroud space port.
United States Objections:
The United States has repeatedly voiced concern that such launches could boost Iran's ballistic missile technology.
However, Iran insists it's not seeking nuclear weapons and that its satellite and rocket launches are for civil or defensive purposes only.
The U.S. has alleged Iran's satellite launches defy a UN Security Council resolution and has called on Tehran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.