Iran tests solid-fuel satellite carrier rocket
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sg/wQ3r TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards tested last week a solid-fuel satellite carrier rocket, state media has reported quoting the force's aerospace commander as saying.Reports carried footage released by the elite force claiming to show the successful test of the rocket's primary propulsion engine.The images and analysis supplied to Reuters by US data analytics firm HawkEye 360, which uses satellites to gather intelligence on ground-level activities, and vetted by two other experts, provide a detailed look into China's recent construction along its frontier with Bhutan.The test marked the first time Iran used a solid-fuel rocket rather than a liquid-fuel one, the Guards' aerospace commander Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said on Thursday (Jan 13).The athlete, who has embraced a new-age lifestyle, has never been vaccinated for COVID-19 although he has not advocated resistance to inoculation - a hot topic in Serbia for over a year.Iran can now send more satellites into space, he said, according to the reports carried by state media.Construction-related activity in some of the locations along Bhutan's western border has been under way since early 2020, with China initially building tracks and clearing out areas, based on material provided by satellite imagery firms Capella Space and Planet Labs, said Chris Biggers, the mission applications director at HawkEye 360.Solid-fuel rockets can be used for mobile launchers while pure solid-fuel rockets are mostly linked to ballistic missiles systems.LanzaJet, based in Chicago, said it has nearly completed on-site engineering at its Freedom Pines Biorefinery, with plans to start producing 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel per year from sustainable ethanol, including from waste-based feedstocks, in 2023.
"The new Iranian satellites are made of non-metallic, composite bodies with non-moving propellants, which will further increase the rocket's energy and save costs," Hajizadeh said, according to state news agency IRNA.Smaller structures were erected - possibly to house equipment and supplies - followed by the laying of foundations and then the construction of buildings, Biggers said.Marina Djodic defended Djokovic's stance.The test came amid the on-going negotiations in Vienna that aim to revive Teheran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.Iran successfully put its first military satellite into orbit in April 2020, drawing a sharp rebuke from Washington.Two other experts who studied the locations of the new construction and recent satellite images taken by Capella Space said all six settlements appear to be in territory disputed by China and Bhutan - including a contested tract of roughly 110 square kilometres - with little in the way of resources or native population.The United States has repeatedly voiced concern that such launches could boost Iran's ballistic missile technology.The COVID-19 so far killed 12,984 people in the Balkan country, which has a population of about 7 million people.But Iran insists it is not seeking nuclear weapons and that its satellite and rocket launches are for defensive purposes only.The ministry declined to comment further.The European Union is aiming to increase the amount of SAF blended in petroleum jet fuel to 63per cent by 2050.
It was not clear when the latest test took place last week.At the end of December, Iran announced it had failed to put in orbit"three research cargos" carried by Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite carrier as the rocket was unable to reach the required speed.China's foreign ministry said the construction is "entirely for the improvement of the working and living conditions of the local people.But despite an abundance of vaccines, only around 47per cent of Serbians have been fully vaccinated.More On This Topic.
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