TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran launched a satellite into space on Tuesday, state TV quoted the telecommunications minister as saying.
"The Payam satellite was successfully launched this morning with the Basir satellite carrier. But the satellite unfortunately failed to be placed in orbit in the final stage," Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said.
Payam and its carrier had gone through successful testing of its first and second stages, the minister said.
But in the actual launch, the satellite failed to reach the required speed on detachment from the rocket in the third stage.
Both Payam and its carrier were designed and produced at Tehran's Amirkabir University of Technology.
Iran still plans to launch another low Earth orbit satellite, Doosti (Friendship in Persian), Jahromi said.
He did not give a date for the launch but said the satellite was planned to orbit the earth at an altitude of 250 kilometers.
"We will do our best to place it in the orbit," he added.
Payam and Doosti were both intended to gather information on environmental change in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.