One Iran space launch A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said in statements broadcast on state television on Friday (31) that it was unable to put its three devices into orbit because the missile did not reach the required speed.
The launch attempt, which took place during indirect talks between the United States and Iran in Austria to try to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal, drew criticism from the United States, Germany and France.
“For the device to enter orbit, it must reach a speed above 7600 [metros por segundo]. “We have reached 7350,” Ahmed Hosseini said in a documentary about the statement broadcast on state television and posted on the Internet.
On Thursday (30), Hosseini did not say whether the devices had reached orbit, but indicated that the launch would be a test before the next attempts to put the satellites into orbit.
Iran, which has one of the largest missile programs in the Middle East, has suffered several satellite launch failures in recent years due to technical problems.
Washington said it was concerned about Iran’s space missile development, and a German diplomat said Berlin had asked Iran to stop sending satellite-launching missiles into space, adding that it violated a UN Security Council resolution.
France said the launch violated UN rules and was “more regrettable” as nuclear talks with world powers progressed.
Tehran denies that its space activity is a cover for the development of ballistic missiles or that it has violated a United Nations resolution.
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