Iran state TV airs launch of new satellite-carrying rocket

Officials claim ‘Zuljanah’ rocket, named for the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, can reach height of 310 miles

The launch of Iran’s newest satellite-carrier rocket, called ‘Zuljanah,’ at an undisclosed location, in Iran, on February 1, 2021. (Official Website of the Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state TV on Monday aired the launch of the country’s newest satellite-carrying rocket, which it said was able to reach a height of 500 kilometers (310 miles).

The footage of the solid-liquid-fueled rocket showed the launch taking place during daytime in a desert environment. The report did not say when or where the launch happened.

The rocket, named Zuljanah for the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, did not launch a satellite into orbit. The satellite carrier is 25.5 meters (84 feet) long and weighs 52 tons.

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