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Iran test launch Simorgh satellite launcher

Iran has claimed to have successfully launched a new indigenous multi-stage satellite launch vehicle that can orbit payloads into low earth orbits, on Thursday.

But videos of the launch shows, the rocket following an erratic fli…


Iran has claimed to have successfully launched a new indigenous multi-stage satellite launch vehicle that can orbit payloads into low earth orbits, on Thursday.

But videos of the launch shows, the rocket following an erratic flight path and was stopped abruptly.

The two-stage Simorgh rocket is designed to orbit a 250 kg payload into a 500 km (311 mile) low earth orbit and did not carry a payload in this second test flight. The Simorgh had a suborbital test flight in April 2016.

The Simorgh rocket is 27 metres (89 ft) long, and has a launch mass of 87 tonnes (192,000 lb).

Continuing its North Korean rocket technology heritage, the first stage of the rocket is powered by a cluster of four Nodong engines that generate a total thrust of 1,300 kN at lift off.

Iran successfully launched its first indigenous data-processing satellite, Omid (Hope), into orbit in February 2009 using the Safir-1 single stage rocket.



United States said the launch as highly provocative, and considers the rocket development as a cover to develop a long range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).