Iran had successfully tested its first indigenous satellite carrier rocket with an engine running on solid fuel, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh announced on January 13.
The new solid fuel engine, dubbed “Raafe,” has a non-metal composite fuselage, which increases the energy and leads to considerable saving in relevant costs.
“From now on, Iran will be able to launch a great number of satellites using low-cost engines,” Brig. Gen. Hajizadeh said addressing a gathering of religious scholars in the Iranian city of Qom, according to the Tasnim News Agency. “During the past two years, all Iranian satellite carriers, which were tested, operated on liquid fuel. But in this test, we succeeded to use solid-fuel engine with a 66-tonne thrust.”
IMA Media, an Iranian independent social media-based defense news outlet, released footage showing the successful test of the Raafe solid fuel engine.
Iran has been working to develop indigenous satellite launch capabilities for several years now. The country’s space program saw several setbacks. However, it is now moving forward faster than before.
Last December, Iran launched three research payloads into the space aboard a Simorgh space launch vehicle. However, the rocket failed to inject the payloads into orbit.
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