Russia Successfully Launches Iran's 'Khayyam' Satellite into Orbit

Russia Successfully Launches Iran's 'Khayyam' Satellite into Orbit
Russia Launches Iran's 'Khayyam' Satellite

Moscow - Russia launched an Iranian satellite into orbit from southern Kazakhstan Tuesday (10/8/2022), according to Russia's state space company. The move comes just three weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to work together against the West.

According to Russian company Roscosmos, the remote sensing satellite Khayyam, named after the 11th-century Persian poet and philosopher Omar Khayyam, was launched by a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur spaceport into orbit.

Quoted from Anadolu Agency, Roscosmos Company said “Iran's Khayyam Earth remote sensing satellite has been successfully delivered to the specified orbit with the help of the Russian Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the Frigate booster.

The launch of the Iranian satellite is a key event in Russian-Iranian cooperation, according to Roscosmos head Yury Borisov. "The successful launch of satellites for and orders from Iran has become an important event in the bilateral Russia-Iran cooperation that paved the way for the implementation of new and more dimensional projects," Borisov said.

Meanwhile, Iran has obtained its first data from the Khayyam satellite, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA. "The data includes telemetry measurements received by the Iranian Space Agency's ground station," the IRNA report said. Iranian satellites are designed to carry out scientific research, test inter-satellite communication channel technology, measure electromagnetic radiation levels, conduct remote Earth investigations and environmental monitoring.

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