TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran announced yesterday it successfully placed a military satellite in orbit, as talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers reach a critical stage.
“Iran’s second military satellite – named Nour-2 – has been launched into space by the Qassed rocket of the aerospace wing of the Revolutionary Guards and successfully placed in orbit 500 kilometres above the Earth,” the official IRNA news agency reported.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps described the Nour-2 as a “reconnaissance satellite” in a statement on its Sepah News website.
It said the satellite was launched from the Shahroud desert in Semnan province, some 300 kilometres east of the capital.
More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin