Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has successfully placed Iran’s first military satellite into orbit on Wednesday.
The satellite was launched from a space center in Dasht-e Kavir, Iran’s largest desert bordered by Khorasan, Semnan, Tehran, Isfahan and Yazd provinces. The launch vehicle named Qased (messenger in Persian) carried Noor (light in Persian) to the orbit some 425 km away, Tasnim News Agency reported.
A few hours after the launch, the news outlet reported on Twitter that Noor has communicated its first signal that was received at Tabriz Space Center.
IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Amirali Hajizadeh told IRIB that a hybrid-propellant rocket was used for putting satellite Noor into orbit.