With the nuclear talks held in Vienna between Iran and the parties to the nuclear deal reaching a critical stage, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that the country’s second military satellite, called Noor-2, had been launched into space.
According to Iranian television, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard launched the Noor-2 military reconnaissance satellite from the Shahrud desert, about 330 kilometers northeast of the capital, Tehran, using a Qasd missile. Noor-2 has become Iran’s second military satellite in orbit.
– Aurora Intel (AuroraIntel) March 8, 2022
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards said that the Noor-2 satellite had reached a low orbit of 500 km above the Earth’s surface aboard the GASID satellite carrier. Gasid was described as a three-stage mixed fuel tanker.
Iran launched its first military satellite, called Noor-1, into space in April 2020. Noor means “light” in Persian.
The head of US Space Command later dismissed the satellite as a “webcam falling into space” that would not provide Iran with vital intelligence, although it demonstrated Tehran’s ability to successfully enter orbit after a series of mishaps.
The United States and its Western allies claim that Iran’s ballistic missile activities are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 and that Iran is “disguising its ICBM program that threatens the Middle East and Europe due to its space activities.”
On the other hand, Iran says that the upgraded missiles are conventional and compliant with Security Council Resolution 2231, which supports the nuclear deal.
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