Iran’s space program has achieved another milestone with the successful launch of the ‘Soraya’ satellite into a low Earth orbit (LEO). The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force’s Space Division played a key role in this achievement.
The ‘Soraya’ satellite was deployed into an orbit 750 kilometers above Earth within just 11 minutes, thanks to the ‘Qaem-100’ satellite carrier. This carrier operates on solid fuel and consists of three stages. General Ali Jafarabadi, the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force’s Space Division, expressed his satisfaction with the launch and highlighted the contribution of the ‘Qaem-100’ carrier.
General Jafarabadi also revealed Iran’s plans for future advancements in space technology. The IRGC is set to conduct a test launch of the ‘Qaem-105’ satellite carrier next year, further enhancing their capabilities. Moreover, within the next three years, Iran aims to test launch the ‘Qaem-120’ satellite carrier, which will enable the country to send satellites into an orbit 36,000 kilometers above Earth.
Iran’s achievements in space technology are not limited to satellite carriers. General Jafarabadi emphasized that the country possesses the expertise to manufacture advanced solid-fuel engines. These engines incorporate cutting-edge composite materials that can withstand high temperatures and pressures. Additionally, they come equipped with precision-guided nozzles, allowing for greater control and accuracy during launches.
The IRGC Aerospace Force has been actively involved in Iran’s space program. In April 2020, they successfully launched the first Iranian military satellite, Noor-I, followed by Noor-II in March 2022. These satellites were deployed into orbit using the Qassed satellite carrier, which was specifically designed and manufactured by the IRGC Aerospace Force.
Iran’s advancements in space technology demonstrate its commitment to scientific progress and exploration. With their growing expertise and capabilities, the country is poised to play an increasingly significant role in the global space community.
1. What is the latest achievement of Iran’s space program?
Iran’s space program recently achieved a milestone by successfully launching the ‘Soraya’ satellite into a low Earth orbit (LEO).
2. Which division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) played a key role in this achievement?
The IRGC Aerospace Force’s Space Division played a crucial role in the successful launch of the ‘Soraya’ satellite.
3. How long did it take for the ‘Soraya’ satellite to be deployed into orbit?
The ‘Soraya’ satellite was deployed into an orbit 750 kilometers above Earth within just 11 minutes.
4. What satellite carrier was used for the launch?
The ‘Qaem-100’ satellite carrier operated on solid fuel and consisted of three stages.
5. What are Iran’s future plans in space technology?
Iran plans to conduct a test launch of the ‘Qaem-105’ satellite carrier next year and aims to test launch the ‘Qaem-120’ satellite carrier within the next three years, which will enable them to send satellites into an orbit 36,000 kilometers above Earth.
6. What other achievements has the IRGC Aerospace Force made in Iran’s space program?
The IRGC Aerospace Force successfully launched the first Iranian military satellites, Noor-I and Noor-II, in April 2020 and March 2022 respectively, using the Qassed satellite carrier.
– Low Earth Orbit (LEO): An orbit around Earth with an altitude of approximately 100 to 1,200 miles (160 to 2,000 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface.
– Solid fuel: A rocket propellant that remains in a solid state during combustion.
– Composite materials: Materials made from two or more different substances, typically combining strength and lightness.
– Precision-guided nozzles: Nozzles that have advanced guidance systems to control the direction and trajectory of the rocket.