Iran claims launch of satellite
Iran launched a satellite into earth orbit yesterday, Iranian state TV has reported. It is a move that is likely to raise concerns among those who fear Iran's intentions and nuclear development programme.
The report said the locally manufactured satellite, called Rasad, which means observation, was launched successfully by a safir missile yesterday. There was no independent confirmation.
It is the second satellite Iran has put into orbit. The first, named Omid, was launched in 2009.
The Iranian TV report said the new satellite was designed to produce high resolution maps. "Our glorious scientists successfully put Iran's first image-collecting satellite into orbit," the newsreader said.
Iran has made a series of claims about advances in its ambitious space programme in recent years.