“Iran Celebrates Successful Launch of Sorayya Satellite” – Iranian Media

Iran has successfully launched its Sorayya satellite into orbit, Iranian state media reported on Saturday. The satellite, developed by the research arm of the civilian Iranian Space Agency, was placed into a 750 km orbit, the highest ever reached by Iran, using a three-stage solid-fuel rocket. The US military has expressed concerns that the technology used for satellite launches could also be used for longer-range weapons, potentially including nuclear warheads. However, Tehran denies these accusations and insists that it has no intentions of developing nuclear weapons. Iran, boasting one of the largest missile programs in the Middle East, has faced several failed satellite launches in recent years due to technical issues. The United States has previously imposed sanctions on Iran’s civilian space agency and two research organizations for advancing Tehran’s ballistic missile program.