Iran's third space launch center near Shahrud ?
 (Imam Sadegh SLC)

Norbert Brügge, Germany

Update: 15.05.2020
 

Iran has built a new rocket launch site which is likely to be used for testing ballistic missiles, military analysts as saying. Satellite imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe in 2012 and 2013 shows the construction of the new launch facility located in Semnan province, 40 km southeast of Shahrud. The site has no storage facilities for liquid rocket fuel needed for rockets that launch satellites, which suggests it is built for launcher using solid fuel.
Satellite images of the structure, in 2016 published by IHS Jane’s Military and Security Assessments, shows a movable 23 meters tall launch tower sitting on a platform measuring 200 x 140m. The images also shows a 125 meters long exhaust deflector. The launch site is located in a large area with infrastructure.


36°12' 02" / 55°20' 00"


 


 


 

 

Today (2019) it is clear that this is a complex constructed under the patronage of the IRGC by Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam for his "Ghaem" project. He and 38 further persons were killed in a mysterious explosion in 2011. According to the latest estimates, it was sabotage.The explosion of the development center near Bidganeh destroyed also all know-how.
The ambitious "Ghaem" project aimed to develop a solid-fuel space launch vehicle. An unique photo illustrating the dimension of a motor has now been published on social media.

Right: As early as 2004, Moghaddam demonstrated his "Ghaem" project using a model of the Shahrud-structure.

According to my measurements, the casing of the motor is 2m in diameter and about 6m long.
According the dimension of the Shahrud service tower and the representation of the SLV on the logo, I assume that the "Ghaem" should be two-staged. Similar the U.S. Athena-II, the "Ghaem" then use the same motor for the first and second stage. The "Super-Ghaem" is a myth.
 

       


        





April 2020: Moghaddam’s old gantry for its Qaem project