Iran Test-Fires Satellite Rocket

03.02.2010 Iran

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Iran test-fired a domestically made satellite-carrier rocket on Wednesday, Iranian media said, a move that may worry Western powers who fear Tehran is seeking to build a nuclear bomb and missile delivery systems

Western nations are concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warheads, although Iran says it has no plans to do so.
"Iran successfully launches home-built Kavoshgar-3 satellite rocket," English-language television station Press TV said.
It said the rocket carried an "experimental capsule" and that it was the "first Iranian launch into orbit with a living thing", without giving details. It showed footage of a rocket blasting off from a launchpad.
Other state media also reported the test. Iranian media said earlier the Islamic Republic would on Wednesday unveil three new satellites and another satellite carrier, named Simorgh.    
Exactly one year ago, Iran launched a domestically made satellite into orbit for the first time. It has said the launch of the Omid satellite was for peaceful telecommunications and research purposes.    
In December, Iran said it test-fired a long-range, upgraded Sejil 2 missile.



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