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Iran places Nour-2 in Orbit

  • Published
    10th Mar, 2022
Context

Recently, Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched a second reconnaissance satellite into space.

About

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.
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