The Zafar 1 spacecraft didn’t reach the required speed to circle Earth after launch. Iran’s space project encountered another issue recently. The satellite dubbed Zafar 1 atop a Simorgh spaceship was lifted off from Imam Khomeini Space Center. Zafar 1, however, didn’t succeed in finishing its task.
“Stage-1 and stage-2 motors of the carrier functioned properly, and the satellite was successfully detached from its carrier, but at the end of its put, it did not reach the required speed for being put in the orbit,” explained Ahmad Hosseini, the Defense Ministry space mission spokesman.
Iran Zafar 1 Satellite Fails Its Task
Even if Zafar didn’t succeed in its latest task, the failure is not an isolated event. Iran underwent a Simorgh liftoff failure back in January 2019. Another issue occurred with a different spacecraft, the Safir, a month later, and in August, a spaceship crashed on the platform at Imam Khomeini Space Center. It generated smoke and wreck that was observed from space by satellites conducted by Planet, a San Francisco-based agency.
Furthermore, Iranian officials remained positive. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, one of the officials, stated: “Like many scientific projects, Failure happened. But We’re UNSTOPPABLE! We have more Upcoming Great Iranian Satellites!” Pressures between Iran and the US have been massive than usual.
A US drone hit, for example, eliminated a high-ranking Iranian general Qasem Soleimani back in January. Also, a few days later, Iran countered with missile hittings on many areas in Iraq that hosted American troops. Fortunately, nobody lost their lives in those attacks, American officials have stated, though many of service members encountered concussions from the explosions.
The planet satellites shot some photos of the damage from last month’s missile hits. The Iran space agency intends to develop further missions to reach its initial goal. We should expect some new details soon about Zafar.