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    US Quietly Acknowledges Iran Satellite Successfully Reached Orbit as Tensions Remain High

    US Quietly Acknowledges Iran Satellite Successfully Reached Orbit as Tensions Remain High

    , United Arab Emirates — The United States has quietly acknowledged that Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard successfully put an imaging satellite into orbit this week in a launch that resembled others previously criticized by as helping Tehran's ballistic missile program.

    The U.S. has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press since Iran announced the launch of the Noor-3 satellite on Wednesday, the latest successful launch by the Revolutionary Guard after Iran's civilian space program faced a series of failed launches in recent years.

    Early Friday, however, data published by the website space-track.org listed a launch Wednesday by Iran that put the Noor-3 satellite into orbit. Information for the website is supplied by the 18th Space Defense Squadron of the U.S. Space , the newest arm of the American military.

    It put the satellite at over 450 kilometers (280 miles) above the Earth's surface, which corresponds to Iranian state media reports regarding the launch. It also identified the rocket carrying the satellite as a Qased, a three-stage rocket fueled by both liquid and solid fuels first launched by the Guard in 2020 when it unveiled its up-to-then-secret space program.

    “Noor” means “light” in Farsi, while “Qased” means “messenger.”

    Authorities released a video of a rocket taking off from a mobile launcher without saying where it…

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