Iran successfully launches ‘Pars-I’ satellite into orbit from Russia | World News


New Delhi: Iran successfully launches “Pars-I”. Remote sensing and imaging satellites in orbit from Russia, as reported by state media on Thursday. Live broadcast of the launch, facilitated by Russian Soyuz-2.1B launcherwas broadcast on Iranian state television.
The official IRNA news agency revealed that the satellite took off from Russia Vostochny Launch Base, located about 8,000 kilometers (5,000 mi) east of Moscow. Issa Zareppour, Iran's telecommunications minister, emphasized that “Pars-I” was developed entirely domestically within Iran. He highlighted that Iran has launched a total of twelve satellites in the last two years.
Iran had previously announced the launch of three satellites into orbit simultaneously in January, following the deployment of a research satellite by its Revolutionary Guards. Despite Western countries warning against such launches due to concerns about dual-use technology for ballistic missiles, Iran said its satellite and rocket programs are entirely for civilian and defense purposes.
In August 2022, Russia controversially launched Iran's remote-sensing Khayyam satellite into orbit from Kazakhstan. The move sparked debate over potential enhanced surveillance capabilities for military targets, particularly in the context of Russia's conflict in Ukraine. Moscow is actively pursuing alliances with countries such as Iran, which has faced accusations of providing armed drones to support Moscow's offensive in Ukraine.
The United States has announced plans to impose new sanctions on Tehran this month in response to Iran's alleged support for Russia's attack on Ukraine. Tehran has consistently denied these allegations.
(with AFP inputs)

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