Iranian state television reports Sunday that Iran failed in an attempt to launch an Iranian-made Zafar satellite into the Earth's orbit. Ahmad Hosseini, a spokesman for the Iranian Defense Ministry's space program, told state TV that "the Zafar satellite did not reach orbit as planned" because it did not reach the necessary speed.
It is at least the third failed satellite launch by Iran since the start of 2019 in a program that Washington claims is helping Tehran to advance its ballistic-missile program.
Reports said the rocket that attempted to carry the satellite into a low orbit around the Earth was a two-stage, liquid-fueled Iranian rocket known as a Simorgh space-launch vehicle.
The launch took place from the Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan Province, about 230 kilometers southeast of Tehran.
"Stage-1 and stage-2 motors of the carrier functioned properly and the satellite was successfully detached from its carrier, but at the end of its path it did not reach the required speed for being put in the orbit,” Hosseini told state TV.
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