Iran Achieves Successful Launch of Sorayya  Satellite, Heightening Global Concerns

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Iran Achieves Successful Launch of Sorayya Satellite, Heightening Global Concerns

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Iran has successfully launched its Sorayya satellite into orbit, marking a significant milestone, as reported by Iranian state media on Saturday, 20 January 2024. Developed by the research arm of the civilian Iranian Space Agency, the satellite reached a 750 km (466-mile) orbit, representing the highest altitude achieved by Iran to date.

Launched via the Qaem 100, a three-stage solid-fuel rocket manufactured by the elite military Revolutionary Guards, the 50 kg (110 lb) Sorayya satellite’s successful orbit entry raises concerns among Western nations. The U.S. military contends that the long-range ballistic technology used for satellite launches could potentially enable Tehran to deploy longer-range weapons, including nuclear warheads.

Despite international concerns, Tehran denies allegations that its space program serves as a cover for ballistic missile development. Iranian authorities assert that their space activities are entirely peaceful and that they have never pursued the development of nuclear weapons.

The successful launch of the Sorayya satellite adds a layer of complexity to the geopolitical landscape, prompting heightened vigilance and discussions among nations wary of the potential dual-use nature of Iran’s technological advancements.

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