Iran launches first satellite since 2012, says state TV

Iran said Monday it had launched an observation satellite — its first since 2012 — with President Hassan Rouhani declaring it safely entered orbit and that he had personally ordered the mission. The Fajr (Dawn) satellite was to be placed 450 kilometres (280 miles) above Earth’s surface, said Al-Alam television, an Arabic-language station owned by the Islamic republic. It is the fourth such satellite launch by Iran, after three others between 2009 and 2012.



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