On April 22, 2020, Channel 1 (Iran) aired a report about the IRGC’s launch of the “Noor” satellite into orbit using the Ghasedak satellite carrier. The report said that Noor established its orbit at an altitude of 425 kilometers, and the reporter described the satellite as a multipurpose satellite, as the IRGC’s first military satellite, and as a symbol and a turning point in the defensive power of the Islamic Republic of Iran. IRGC Aerospace Force Commander General Amir Ali Hajizadeh explained that Noor and the Ghasedak satellite carrier use solid fuels and a propulsion mechanism that have non-metallic composite bodies, and propulsion “nozzles.”
Reporter 1: "Today at sunrise, in the middle of Iran's central desert, the Ghasedak satellite carrier successfully launched the Noor 1 satellite into orbit, at an altitude of 425 kilometers. This was done in three stages and in 510 seconds. This is the first Iranian military satellite to [orbit] at this altitude."
Reporter 2: "These are the new images that we received from Noor. They show the moment of separation [from the carrier] and the beginning of the satellite's various stages. In its first minutes, the Noor satellite that was launched this morning from Iran's central desert sent signals to the Zahedan and Chabahar stations. Within 90 minutes and after a full orbit around the Earth, its signal was again received in northwestern Iran.
"Both the satellite and the satellite carrier were entirely made in Iran. Noor is a multipurpose satellite. It plays a role in [Iran's] defense. What you're seeing now is the moment of the launch of the IRGC's first military satellite. In a few minutes, the satellite will enter orbit and it will become a symbol of the defensive power of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Only 510 seconds after the launch, it was confirmed that the satellite entered the desired path of orbit and that the launch was successful."
Group of IRGC Officers: "Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar!"
IRGC Officer: "Send our gratitude to the Leader [Khamenei] for the warm message he has sent us. The satellite's successful entry into orbit is our act of thanks."
Reporter 2: "We can now view the world from space. This is an increase in the IRGC's strategic intelligence [capabilities] and in its powerful defensive capabilities."
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh: "The advantage of this satellite and of this satellite carrier, compared to similar [technologies] thatother countries have is that they use motors and propellants that use solid fuels and that they use propulsion mechanisms that have non-metallic composite bodies. This requires the use of a propulsion nozzle."
Reporter 2: "The Noor satellite established orbit at an altitude of 425 kilometers and it began carrying out its tasks. Some additional details have been shown about this satellite, but the [international] powers know better than anyone that this satellite is a turning point in the defensive capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran."