The endless story (press statements)
and so on
TEHRAN, 2020, Feb. 09 -- Iran space agency official says the rocket was
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.The
video transmission abruptly stops at 19:21. The second stage seems to have exploded
after 75 seconds of burning time.
TEHRAN, 2020, Jan. 18 -- Jahromi: Zafar 1 & 2 have succesfully passed
tests and will be transferred to the Space Launch
Center today to undergo the process of being put into
orbit, soon. Jahromi: Zafar-1 satellite will be launched
before February 11. Mentions two copies
of Zafar exist so that in case of failure the second one can be launched
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 (connected with Saman-1) is still reaching further altitude,
it falls back to earth after losing of its speed (to zero).
The Iranian statement is nebulous: "Calculating the satellite's initial speed
and fuel problems was one of the reasons why the satellite did not reach orbit".
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".
"The project was successful, and we reached
our intended goals" Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has appriciated
the successful test-launch of his country’s new satellite carrier.
The (oxidizer ?) tank of the second stage of
Simorgh is approximately 0.5 m longer in compared to the launch vehicle of 2016.
But the Simorgh supposedly failed by problems with the "Saman-1" kick stage.
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 test.
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.
Comment: Only a test of the Simorgh
first stage (?). Probably not (according
new images of this launcher on the pad).
Even though it was announced so in 2015 (Aug.). Iran will not comment this launch
because is suspected wrongly that the Simorgh is an ICBM. What nonsense is.
TEHRAN, 2016, April 19 -- Today arrived President Rohani in Semnan city
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
and the other in late summer, and a third launch, which will most probably take
place in early 2017.
According to Iran’s Space Agency officials, the first generation of the satellite
carrier is capable of carrying communications and sensing satellites as heavy
as 100 kg to orbits some 500 km above the earth.
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
IKSLC 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 time.
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
TEHRAN, 2016, Jan. 25 --
Iran is due to launch a new satellite in February
during ceremonies to mark the 37th victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution,
Minister of Defense Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan was quoted. The
(launcher) satellite will be put into orbit 500 km away from the earth.
TEHRAN, 2016, Jan. 20 --
Iran will unveil a
new satellite carrier in early February
and will launch a satellite into the space
in next Iranian year (to start on March 20), Vice-President for Science and
Technology Sorena Sattari said.
The new satellite launcher will be unveiled on the National Space Day (February
3). Information and specifications of the new satellite carrier will be announced
TEHRAN, 2015, Oct. 07 -- An agreement
was signed by vice president for science and technology Sorena Sattari and Defense
Minister Hossein Dehqn which sets the stage for the designing and manufacturing
Imam Khomeini Satellite, and Tolou-1 Satellite.
The Simorgh Satellite-carrier will be operational by the end of next calendar
year, Manteqi said, adding that it will be able to carry objects of up to 100
kg of weight to 500 km above the earth surface.
TEHRAN, 2015, Aug. 23
-- Iranian Defence Minister: The space
program was slowed because of the budget limits. The only slowing factor has
been budget and nothing else. We will start
testing different stages
of Simorgh this year and it will be able to put 200 kg in higher orbits.
Note: Only able with an upper
stage !). The 1st
stage of Simorgh will tested this year. The 2nd stage was previously tested.
TEHRAN, 2014, May 29 -- Iran plans to launch
three home-made monitoring satellites into orbit in the next Iranian calendar
year (March 2015-March 2016), a senior Iranian aerospace official announced.
"Zafar, Tolou and AUTSat will be sent into space onboard the Simorgh
satellite carrier," Deputy Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli said.
Zafar will be sent into a geostationary orbit (this is nonsense !). Tolou
satellite will also carry out remote sensing and topography missions, and will
travel in an orbit of 500 kilometers above from the Earth’s equator. AUT Sat
is a monitoring and telecommunications satellite, which weighs 100 kilograms.
TEHRAN, 2013, Okt. 28 -- Iran Space Agency (ISA) deputy head Hamid Fazeli
said that Iran's home-made satellite carrier Simorgh is under construction and
will be launched next year (started on March 21, 2014). He went on to say that
Iranian Zafar, Tolou, Autsat and Amirkabir satellites scheduled to be carried
Simorgh is an Iranian expendable small-capacity orbital carrier rocket, which
has a length of 27 metres, and weight of 85 tons.
Its first stage is powered by four main engines, each generating up to 29,000
kilograms (284.4 kN s.l.) of thrust, plus a fifth which will be used
for attitude control, which provides an additional 13,600 kilograms (133.4
kN s.l.) of thrust.
Now (2015) it is clear that in fact the four steering engines with
own turbopump are meant.
Simorgh is capable of putting a 60-kilogram payload into a 500-kilometre low
Earth orbit. The engine could be used in future rockets capable of carrying
700-kilogram satellites into 1,000-kilometre orbits.
TEHRAN, 2013, Aug. 20 -- Fars News Agency in Persian reported that satellite
carrier Simorgh has been upgraded to a speed of up to 7500 meter per second.
The report added that Simorgh is a "two-stage satellite carrier" and "is capable
of carrying satellites having a maximum weight of 100 kilograms". It is also
"capable of placing the satellites in 500-kilometer orbit at 55-degree angle."
The report added that "the Simorgh satellite carrier can also place satellites
weighing hundreds of kilograms in nearer orbits".
The report further said that the new generation of Simorgh satellite carrier,
"Sepehr" will be launched in the future. Sepehr is capable of carrying satellites
as heavy as 700 kilograms and could place them in 1000-kilometer orbit. According
to the report, Simorgh satellite carrier was first launched*)
*) This must be a translation mistake.
In 2010 was presented the first unfinished model.
TEHRAN, 2013, Feb.11 -- The Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology
Mahdinejad Nouri approved two major national projects in the fields of research
and technology, which include designing and developing two new "engines"
for the country’s satellite carrier rockets.
As regards the new rocket engines will participate Sharif, Amirkabir, Tabriz
and Mashhad Ferdowsi University in the 5-year project.
TEHRAN, 2012, Dec. 19 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad
Vahidi said Wednesday that Iran was to unveil new space achievements
soon, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Vahidi told reporters that the unveiling ceremony would take place on Feb. 02,
Iran's Space Technology Day. Iran has gained many remarkable achievements
in the space technology area, he was quoted as saying.
TEHRAN, 2012, Nov. 12/13 -- Chief Commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard
Corps (IRGC) Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that Iran will launch new satellite
to GEO orbits in space by solid-fueled rocket. One year ago, IRGC General Hassan
Tehrani got killed as a result of an explosion occured during the rocket test.
Jafari, said that the Islamic republic will test a new (Simorgh) satellite-carrier
rocket in the near future. IRGC experts have completed the project of a solid
fuel rocket, which can used to send satellites of 100 kg into geostationary
orbits 35,786 km above the equator.
word "rocket" means "solid kick-motor".
TEHRAN, 2012, Aug. 31 -- The Iranian students news agency quoted a spatial
expert Rezaei as saying that the Simorgh two-phased satellite carrier
which is capable of carrying satellites with 100 kg to 500 km orbit, possesses
4 engines and final tests are implemented on it.
Rezaei stressed Tolou satellite built by Iran's electronic industry affiliated
with defense ministry would be launched by Simorgh satellite carrier built by
air and space industry of defense ministry.
He added Iran's next locally-made satellite would be Fajr satellite which is
to be sent into space in the near future.
TEHRAN, 2012, Aug. 02 -- The director of Iran's aerospace technology development
center has announced that the country will complete the building process of
the indigenous satellite carrier Simorgh by the end of the current
Iranian year (March 20, 2013).
In a press briefing at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, was adding
that the manufacturing work on the satellite that will be mounted on Simorgh
is also underway.
TEHRAN, 2012, May 02 -- The Islamic
Republic plans to send the Fajr satellite into space within a month,
Director of Iran Space Agency Hamid Fazeli announced.
Fazeli said that Iran plans to send the satellite into space aboard the upgraded
Safir carrier rocket.
Fazeli said that if the manufacture of Simorgh satellite carrier rocket
is completed, the satellite Toloo and Zafar will be launched
into space by March 20 (2013).
TEHRAN, 2012, March 05 -- Information by Mehdi Farahi, Director of
the Aerospace Industry Organization:
Safir-2A is the first version of Safir-2 with the name of Simorgh.
Length of it is 26 m, diameter of it is around 2.5 m and weight of it is around
86 tons. Thrust of is around 143 tons. It can put 100 kg satellites into 500
km altitude orbits.
TEHRAN, 2012, Feb. 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 on it.
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, 2010, Aug. 05 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran is working
on a three-stage rocket to carry a satellite 1,000 kilometres into space.
"Last time, we sent a satellite to 250 kilometres... Next year it will be sent
to 700 kilometres, and the year after that to 1,000 kilometres," he said.
TEHRAN (ISNA) -- At a ceremony attended by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
in the country’s National Day of Aerospace Technology Toloo, Mesbah -2 and Navid
were unveiled. Toloo will be placed in low-earth orbit at about 500 kilometers
above the Earth and will be charged by solar cells and secondary batteries.
Mesbah-2 is a telecommunication satellite and Navid is made by students that
sends photos to the Earth.
The new Simorgh satellite carrier could take satellites with 100 kilograms
weight at the height of 500 kilometers above the Earth. Also Simorgh satellite
carrier engine can put up to 700 kilograms at orbit 1,000 kilometers above the
TEHRAN (FARS) -- Iran unveiled a new home-made satellite carrier. The satellite
carrier named “Simorgh” utilizes a new generation of liquid-fuel engines to
put satellites in orbit. The milk-bottle shaped rocket, emblazoned in blue with
the words "Satellite Carrier Simorgh," is equipped to carry a 100-kilogram satellite
500 kilometers into orbit.
"The 27-meter tall multi-stage rocket weighs 85 tons and its liquid fuel propulsion
system has a thrust of up to 143 tons. The rocket uses a cluster of four engines
each having a thrust of 32 tons plus a control engine (*) with a thrust of 15
it is clear that in fact the four steering engines are meant. For it is a own
turbopump present !
TEHRAN, 2010, Febr. 03 -- State television carried pictures of President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiling the home-built satellite rocket dubbed the "Simorgh".
The milk-bottle shaped rocket, emblazoned in blue with the words "Satellite
Carrier Simorgh," is equipped to carry a 100-kilogram satellite 500 kilometres
into orbit, the television report said. The launch weight of the rocket is given
with 85 tonnes.
TEHRAN, 2010, Feb. 01 -- Iran will unveil five space projects at ceremonies
to celebrate the victory of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Fars news agency
On the third day of the festivities, Iranian authorities will hold a presentation
of the Toloo satellite, the Mesbah-2 and Navid research satellites, and the
engine for the new Simorgh booster
TEHRAN, 2010, Jan. 29 -- Iranian defense minister Ahmad Vahidi announced
that the country plans to unveil a home-made engine for satellite carrier rockets
within the next few days.
"Toloo and Mesbah satellites as well as Simorgh satellite carrier engine
will be unveiled in the ceremonies from February 1-11, celebrating the victory
of the Islamic Revolution back in 1979," Vahidi added.