On Wednesday, two officials verified that the aerospace branch of the elite military force had launched the third iteration of the imaging satellite Nour, which is named after the Persian word for “light” and means “light” in English.
The Noor-3, like its predecessors, was sent into space on a Qased (meaning “messenger”) carrier created by the IRGC. It was reportedly positioned in an orbit 450 kilometres (280 miles) above the surface of the Earth.
Western officials did not immediately respond to questions regarding the Wednesday launch.
In April 2020, the first iteration of the Nour was successfully launched into an orbit 425 kilometres (265 miles) above the planet. It was the first satellite for military reconnaissance launched by Iran.
The second version reached a low orbit of 500km (310 miles) in early 2022 using the mixed-fuel carrier.
Despite criticism from the West, Iranian officials have promised to carry on with the expanding satellite programme and are expected to launch several more satellites into different orbits in the foreseeable future.
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