(TheProudRepublic.com) – In a highly worrying development, the Islamic Republic of Iran, a leading global state sponsor of terrorism, has claimed a space technology breakthrough against the backdrop of growing tensions with the US and Israel as it has launched three space satellites using a domestically-built rocket.
See the video of Iran’s alleged space tech breakthrough launch below.
Iran’s state media broadcasted a video showing the night-time launch of the Simorgh rocket.
This development is particularly significant given the escalating tensions in the Middle East, which includes Israel’s ongoing conflict with Hamas in Gaza and the attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Israeli and Western ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
Middle Eastern tensions exploded on October 7 when the Palestinian Arab Islamist terrorist group, one of multiple Iranian proxies in the region, invaded US ally Israel and brutally massacred over 1,400 people.
Iranian state propaganda outlets are packed full of celebratory reports on the launch of the three space satellites with the Simorgh rocket.
Analysis of the launch video reportedly determined that the launch occurred at the Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province.
The State TV disclosed that the satellites deployed were named Mahda, Kayhan-2, and Hatef-1, The Hill reports.
State TV elaborated on the purposes of these satellites. Mahda is designated for research, while Kayhan and Hatef are nanosatellites focusing on global positioning and communication.
The AP report included a statement from Iran’s Information and Communications Technology Minister Isa Zarepour, indicating that the Mahda satellite can transmit signals back to Earth.
This launch comes in the wake of a series of setbacks for the Simorgh satellite program, which, according to the AP, has experienced five failed launches.
The program has attracted criticism from Western nations, notably the United States, which has expressed concerns that the technology used could potentially expedite Iran’s development of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The report also mentions a noteworthy event on January 20, when Iran successfully launched another satellite.
This launch was acknowledged by the US government, albeit in a low-key manner, as per the AP’s findings.
On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in #Iran, for the first time, three domestic satellites were successfully launched into space with the Simorgh satellite carrier. pic.twitter.com/r5skce57zY
— IRNA News Agency (@IrnaEnglish) January 28, 2024