Iranian regime fails to place satellite into orbit, third failure in a row

Orient Net 2020-02-09 17:47:00

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Iranian regime television reports that Iranian regime on Sunday (February 9) failed in an attempt to launch an Iranian-made Zafar satellite into the Earth's orbit.

Ahmad Hosseini, a spokesman for the Iranian regime’s Defense Ministry's space program, told regime’s 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.

Based on RFE