Iran conducted a missile test launch on Thursday; the device called Simorgh may carry the satellite. For particular reason, this step evoked concern by the U.S. government. According to Heather Nauert, the head of the press service of Department of the State, the White House considers this ‘to be continued ballistic missile development’.
Commenting on the launch as quoted by Reuters, Nauert said it breaches the respective resolution of UN Security Council.
According to Iranian state TV, the Imam Khomeini Space Centre was ‘officially opened with the successful test of the Simorgh (Phoenix) space launch vehicle’.
The Simorgh can place a satellite weighing up to 250 kg (550 pounds) in an orbit of 500 km (311 miles).