Iran tests new satellite rocket (Roundup) - Monsters and CriticsTehran - Iran on Wednesday successfully tested a new locally built satellite rocket named Kavoshgar 3, state-media reported.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also unveiled Wednesday the new domestically produced carrier engine Simorq, which can take a 100-kilogram satellite into orbit.
The event came on the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
'This is a great technological achievement for Iran as now we have the confidence that there is no limit to our technological capabilities,' Ahmadinejad said at the ceremony in Tehran.
'As far as aerospace technology is concerned, we need two more steps and then we can claim that the space is in the hands of Iranian scientists,' the president added.
The range of the new rocket is 500 kilometres to place a satellite into orbit. Ahmadinejad said the range would be increased in coming years to as much as 1,000 kilometres.
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I saw a little blurb about this on google news the other day. I found it to be quite worrisome.