Iran Revolutionary Guard launches satellitecarrying rocket

News Summary

  • A launchpad rocket explosion later that year drew the attention of former President Donald Trump.The Guard’s announcement came in the seventh week of protests sparked by the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained after allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.
  • The report did not reveal the location, which resembled Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province.The state-run IRNA news agency reported that the carrier would be able to put a satellite weighing 80 kg (176 pounds) into orbit some 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Earth.Gen.
  • Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Guard’s aerospace division, said he hoped the Guard would soon use the rocket to put a new satellite, named Nahid, into orbit.
  • Talks to revive Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, which granted Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for strict curbs on its atomic program, hit a deadlock months ago.
  • Iran says its satellite program, like its nuclear activities, is aimed at scientific research and other civilian applications.
  • The protests embroiling the country first focused on the state-mandated headscarf, or hijab, but swiftly morphed into one of the biggest challenges to the government since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Irans powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard on Saturday launched a new satellitecarrying rocket, state TV reported, seeking to demonstrate the forces space prowe [+1184 chars]