Iran's Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center (IKSLC)
2021, Dec. 30 --
Iran has launched a Simorgh
SLV. An official spokesman said that for the first time three payloads were
placed at the same time at an altitude of 470 km. The final speed achieved
is said to be 7350 m / s, which makes a successful mission questionable.
2021, Dec. 11 --
It looks like a new satellite launch is imminent.
In a recent satellite photo, the assembly building is again above the launchpad.
2021, June 21 -- The US space
command speaks of a failure on June 12th. If that is true, the June 20th images
can only mean that the launcher has not lifted off and is being removed. Defect
has probably occurred that needs to be repaired.
TEHRAN, 2020, Feb. 09 -- Iran space agency
official says the rocket was launched on 19:18 (local time) successfully and
could reach 541 km altitude. But unfortunately the required speed of 7,400
m/sec was not reached to put the satellite into orbit. The reported final
speed of 6,533 m/sec was clearly too low for this.
TEHRAN, 2020, Jan. 18 -- Iran has announced that
it will use the Simorgh to transport the 113 kg satellite "Zafar-1" into an
earth orbit of 530 km in the period up to February 11.
01 -- After the disaster at the Semnan LS, the preparations for
the launch of the Simorgh have obviously been interrupted.
2019, August 29 -- A satellite image of 27 August documents the upcoming
launch of a Simorgh SLV. The assembly gantry positioned over the launch pad
to mount the rocket.
TEHRAN, 2019, January
15 -- The Simorgh launch on this day was a failure. The Payam satellite
did not reach enough speed for put into the orbit because the third stage
"Saman-1" not functioned. In my Calculation only a final speed of 6,450 m/sec
reached. Although the satellite is still reaching further altitude, it falls
back to earth after losing of its speed (to zero).
2019, January 08 -- New images indicate Iran is preparing to launch
a remote sensing satellite into space. The high-resolution satellite images,
captured by Planet Labs on January 4, 6 and 7, show activity at the
Imam Khomeini Space Center consistent with steps that were taken prior to
a previous launch in 2017, according to researchers at the Middlebury Institute
of International Studies at Monterey.
TEHRAN, 2017, July
27 -- Iranian semi-official media are reporting
that Iran has successfully launched the Simorgh rocket. The semi-official
Fars news agency, reported the launch and said it was successful. The Imam
Khomeini Space Centre was officially opened with the test of the Simorgh space
launch vehicle", state television said. Shahrabi (Iranian offical) said
in an interview: "The launch yesterday, did not put a satellite in orbit".
2016, April 21
-- The launch of the Simorgh space launch vehicle
two days ago was judged by U.S. intelligence agencies to be (partly) successful
but did not reach orbit, said defense officials familiar with reports of the
Russian Ministry of Defence has told that suborbital launch of unknown ballistic
missile has been occured at 09:33 UTC on April 19th and, according to preliminary
data, was successfull. The burned out rocket impacted in the southern part
of Iran. Two radars, in Armavir and in Orsk (Russia), have the launch registered.
TEHRAN, 2016, March
15 -- Head of Iran’s National Space Center Manouchehr Manteqi announced
that the country will launch the indigenous “Simorgh” satellite carrier for
test in early spring. Manteqi told the Tasnim News Agency that the missile
will be launched in three phases: two test launches, one of which will take
place in the coming weeks and the other in late summer, and a third launch,
which will most probably take place in early 2017.
2016, Feb. 18 -- US-Intelligence agencies watching preparations to test
a Simorgh space launch vehicle in this month. A large liquid-fueled rocket
was observed on the launch pad.
TEHRAN, 2016, Feb. 12 -- Defense
minister told a few days ago that the rocket (Simorgh) was transferred
to the launch pad but the launch was postponed for some reason to a better
TEHRAN, 2016, Feb. 02 --
Secretary of Iran’s Technology Development Manouchehr Manteghi
says that within 2 months Simorghs first flight test will occur and also the
inaugurations of the first phase of Imam Khomeini space center will be inaugurated.
Toloo satellite will be launched, the Simorgh SLV test is successful, in
August/September time frame.
History of press statements
TEHRAN, 2015, April 05 -- Iran's
national space center (IKSLC) will start work early this Iranian year
(which began on March 21) upon an order by President Hassan Rouhani and under
the supervision of the scientific and technological department of the presidential
office. The Head of Iran's National Space Center Jahangir Jodai announced
that the center will start work in coming months.
2015, January 31 -- Priority to restructure Iranian Space Agency is in
line with the government's policy to promote knowledge-based economy, Iranian
president Hassan Rouhani said, IRNA reported.
Rouhani's statement came out amid Iran's preparation to launch the "Sharif"
satellite into space by February 11, 2015.
vice president for executive affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari told Fars News
Agency on Nov.14 that Iran's Defense Ministry has announced readiness for
launching the satellite.
TEHRAN, 2013, June 09 -- Iran will inaugurate
Khomeini Space Launch Center by the end of the incumbency of the current
administration in August, the Mehr News Agency quoted Defence Minister Ahmad
Vahidi as saying. Vahidi had previously said that the Toloo satellite would
be sent into space aboard the Simorgh satellite-carrier rocket from the Imam
Khomeini space center.
A number of satellites
are scheduled to be launched in the coming weeks, Vahidi added. The Imam Khomeini
base will launch Iranian satellites as well as those of other regional countries.
TEHRAN, 2012, Aug. 11 -- Iran has revealed new details on the new space
center. According to the Head of Iranian Space Agency, Hamid Fazeli, the new
space center is being built in the South-East of Iran in Chabahar region (?).
"The place in Chabahar was selected due to higher security availability, and
lower population density in the area," Hamid Fazeli explained. "Iranian Space
Agency is monitoring the work, and the center will be completed soon." Fazeli
said that this center will allow to launch bigger and heavier satellites into
orbit, adding that this center is not a military structure.
Note: Now this statement is refuted.
TEHRAN, 2012, June 02 -- Iran is
in the completion of a new space center that will allow it soon to launch
more domestically made satellites into orbit. Defense Minister Brigadier General
Ahmad Vahidi said that 80 percent of the space center's construction is
over. The new space center bears the name of the Imam Khomeini, he said.
As a first step, the minister said, the Toloo Satellite will be launched by
Simorgh orbital carrier rocket from the Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center.
TEHRAN, 2012, Febr. 14 -- Iran will launch satellites with the Simorgh
carrier from a new space port. There would be a new round of space progression
in Iran by 2013. The country will launch Toloo and Fajr satellites and will
improve its carriers by efforts by experts in this regard.
The Simorgh satellite carrier which is capable of carrying satellites with
100 kg to 500 km orbit, possesses 4 engines and final tests are implemented
The Toloo satellite built by Iran's electronic industry affiliated with defense
ministry will launched by Simorgh satellite carrier built by air and space
industry of defense ministry. The Simorgh launcher also will be capable to
put satellites into GTO orbits. Then thruster of satellite will put satellite
into 36,000 km GEO. The satellite carrier Simorgh is built soon.
TEHRAN, 2012, Febr. 10 -- Iran plans to launch heavy satellites into orbit
and is setting up a new launch base to put such types of satellites, Iranian
Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said. Vahidi said that the
base will be used to launch one-ton satellites into an orbit of 1,000 kilometers.
He said that among Iran's next year plans was the launch of Toloo and Fajr
satellites into orbit. Vahidi also said that Iran is planning to launch satellites
into orbits of up to 36,000 kilometers next year.
BAKU, 2012, Feb. 09 -- Iran will unveil satellite space center in the
beginning of next Iranian year (starts on March 21), Iran's Defense Minister
Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said, ISNA reported. Vahidi added that
work on the center is complete by 75 percent.
"We hope that next year we will be able to put it into operation," he added.
Vahidi also said that Iran plans to establish a test area for space engines.
The area is to be constructed by country's scientists, and is planned to be
put into operation next year.
TEHRAN, 2011, Nov. 19 -- Director of Iran Space Agency Hamid Fazeli announced
that the Islamic Republic plans to build a civil satellite launch center.
The center will be established with the cooperation of the Defense Ministry
in the southeastern area of the country. The area is the safest location
to establish the base as it is located near the Indian Ocean and has
few inhabitants. The base will be active in various fields such as launching
navigational and communication satellites as well as biological capsules.
The satellites will be placed in geocentric orbit, near the equatorial zone,
in order to reduce expenses of launching and orbit maneuver.
"Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center" under construction
What is the height of the assembly
Images from the Imam Khomeini
Space Launch Center (2014/2015)
First images from the Imam
Khomeini Space Launch Center in the building phase
Sequence 25:40 to 27:30
The new facility of the Imam
Khomeini Space Launch Center is located 2600 m northeast from the Safir
Location: 35°14'15"N / 53°57'00"E.
The facility is very different to the North Korean Sohae launch tower.
The composition is similar the assembly tower in the hall of the Space
Research and Test Center. The rocket will be stacked in the assembly building
(when it finished probably 48
m high ; on the photo already ~46 m).