Plots to Isolate Iran Foiled after Satellite Launches: President

Plots to Isolate Iran Foiled after Satellite Launches: President

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi lauded the development and launches of homegrown satellites as an advantage that thwarted enemy plans for the isolation of the country.

Addressing a conference in celebration of the National Space Technology Day, held in Tehran on Saturday, Raisi said the successful launches of 11 satellites during his tenure have both defeated the sanctions and thwarted the plots for the isolation of the Islamic Republic.

Iran is now among the world’s top 10 countries in aerospace technology, he added.

The president noted that Iran is utilizing space technologies in various sectors, including agriculture, management of water and natural resources, identifying mineral deposits, and ensuring the security of borders.

During a visit to an exhibition of the Iranian space industry, Raisi was also informed about the latest achievements of local scientists, such as the Zafar-II and Nahid-II satellites and the Saman-I space tug, a spacecraft used to transfer cargo between different orbits.

Last week, Iran sent the “Mahda” research satellite, along with two research cargos, into an elliptical earth orbit with minimum and maximum altitudes of 450 km and 1,100 km, respectively.

They were sent to space by the homegrown “Simorgh” satellite carrier.

Simorgh is a two-stage rocket running on liquid fuel. It has a diameter of 2.4 meters and a launch mass of 80 tons. The first generation of the satellite carrier was capable of carrying communications and sensing satellites as heavy as 100 kg to orbits some 500 km above the earth.

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