The United States has quietly acknowledged that the Islamic Republic of Iran successfully put an imaging satellite in an orbit 450 km from the Earth.

Iranian indigenized Noor 3 satellite, meaning light, was successfully launched into orbit on September 27.

The satellite was launched with a homegrown satellite carrier, Qassed. 

Put into an orbit 450 kilometers above the Earth, Noor 3 is Iran's third military satellite that is designed and manufactured by the Aerospace Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Data published by the website listed a launch by Iran that put the Noor-3 satellite into orbit. Information for the website is supplied by the 18th Space Defense Squadron of the US Space Force, the newest arm of the American military.

It put the satellite at over 450 kilometers (280 miles) above the Earth’s surface, which corresponds to Iranian state media reports regarding the launch. It also identified the rocket carrying the satellite as a Qased, a three-stage rocket fueled by both liquid and solid fuels first launched by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).


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