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Jan 19, 2024
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Iran Launches New Soraya Satellite To An Altitude Of 750 Kilometers For The First Time

#10825 | 02:15
Source: Channel 1 (Iran)

On January 20, 2024, channel 1 (Iran) covered the launching of Iran's new "all-Iranian" Soraya communication satellite. General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, said that parts from the propellants can be used for other things, including satellites that reach higher altitudes. General Ali Jafarabadi, head of the space command in the Aerospace Force, said that Iranian scientists and experts are planning the next stage.

Channel 1 Reporter: "Saturday morning, January 20, 2024. The scientists and experts of [Iran's] space industry are ready to make us proud again. The Soraya communications satellite is about to be the first Iranian satellite to be launched to orbit at an altitude of 750 kilometers.

"This is the Iranian Soraya. Using the Qaem-100 satellite launcher, it is about to reach orbit at an altitude of 750 kilometers, for the first time. Reaching orbit at an altitude of 750 kilometers was made possible by the all-Iranian Qaem-100 launcher, which includes a newly designed three-engine solid fuel [engine]. Our space industry experts reached this all-Iranian achievement:

General Amir Hajizadeh: "We can use different parts of the propellant for other things as well. In other words, if we want to reach higher altitudes, and use heavier payloads, it will be enough for us to add or remove one stage, or to use [another] engine in the satellite."

General Ali Jafarabadi: "It is much more suitable for [our] resistance economy to launch satellites using solid fuel [engines]. We can produce these launchers for cheap and at a high rate. Our scientists and experts are proceeding to plan the next stage – the Qaem-100 launcher, which will have stronger engines and a new structure. Inshallah, next year we will launch and conduct the research test of the Qaem-100 satellite launcher, and in the next 2-3 years, we will gradually prepare to reach the Qaem-200 satellite launcher, which is planned to bring satellites to orbit at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers."    

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