Iran’s Zoljanah Satellite Carrier Launched

Iran released on Monday a video of the launch of its Zoljanah Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV), the launch was aired on the Iranian state TV. The satellite launch vehicle has been developed by domestic experts, said the Iranian Ministry of Defence in a statement released on 1 February. The place and time of the launch were not mentioned.

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According to the Ministry of Defence, this is the first time that Iran test-launches a combined satellite launch vehicle that runs on the most powerful solid-fuel engine in the country. In addition to the solid-fuel engine, several other cutting-edge technologies have been incorporated into the vehicle, an official at the ministry said.

“For the first time in the nation’s space sector, Iran carried out the research launch of the combined satellite carrier Zoljanah using the technology of the country’s most powerful solid-fuel engine,” said the defence ministry official.

The launcher Zuljanah, named after the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is 25.5 meters long and weighs 52 tonnes, and is capable of carrying either a single 220-kilogram satellite or up to 10 smaller ones.

The place and time of the launch were not mentioned.

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