IRGC places new reconnaissance satellite into orbit

The aerospace force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has successfully placed Iran’s second military satellite into orbit.

The new satellite is dubbed Nour 2 and is put into an orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers.

The reconnaissance satellite has been launched into orbit using Ghased three-stage carrier engine from the IRGC’s space base in the city of Shahroud.

The IRGC took its first leap into space almost two years ago with orbiting of Nour 1 satellite. According to the IRGC, the satellite is still active and operational and is transmitting information back to the Earth 21 months after its launch, despite initial life-span estimate of one year.

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