IRGC’s Noor-1 satellite: A new chapter in Iran’s defense power

Introduction – April 24, 2020

Picture provided by IRNA on April 22, 2020 shows part of the Qased satellite carrier used by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to launch Nour (Light)-1, Iran’s first military satellite, into the Earth’s orbit.

Iran’s launch of a military satellite last Wednesday wasn’t just the first military satellite Tehran put into orbit. Just as significant was the fact that the Qased (Courier) rocket was the first three-stage vehicle the Islamic Republic has successfully launched.
That means that having mastered the technology involved three stage launch vehicles, Iran will now be able to use the technological know-how in the development of its ballistic missiles.
In other words, Iran could soon develop longer-range missiles. At present Iran’s longest-range missile are two-stage medium-range missiles of between 2,000kms to 2,500kms. However, that could change now and within the next few years we could see Iran develop long-range ballistic missiles, maybe even an intercontinental ballistic missile. Ed.

IRGC’s Noor-1 satellite: A new chapter in Iran’s defense power

Press TV – April 24, 2020

The IRGC’s locally developed Qased (Courier) launch vehicle carrying the first Iranian military satellite into orbit. Click to enlarge

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) successfully placed the Islamic Republic’s first ever military satellite in its designated orbit on Wednesday, using a rocket which is also the country’s first three-stage launch vehicle to successfully deliver its load. 

The Noor-1, although Iran’s fifth homegrown satellite to successfully reach outer space, marks a new chapter in the country’s space program, which relies heavily on technologies that are designed and developed at home.

While little data has been made available about the Noor-1 and its features, its classification as a multi-purpose satellite with special uses in the defense sector suggests that the IRGC has reached such technological maturity that it can now confidently plan and carry out intelligence warfare and military reconnaissance missions from space while gathering data that helps keep the Iranian skies safe.

IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami wrote after the launch: “Today we watch the earth from the sky and this is proof that a global power is in the making.”

The satellite’s functions aside, the launch presents a far greater achievement for Iran’s defense industry by putting space, which is quickly becoming a new domain for military dominance, within reach.

The Qased (Courier) rocket, which carried the Noor-1 to its destination with a sophisticated three-stage design, also cleared one of the technological challenges that had hampered Iran’s recent attempts at reaching higher altitudes in the Low Earth Orbit.

According to experts, the ability to develop a solid-fuel engine that safely drives the third stage of the rocket to its desired altitude is testament to the great strides Iranian engineers have made under the harshest Western sanctions to date.

The Arabic website Ray al-Youm described the launch as evidence that Iran has defeated US sanctions in practice.

It also showed that despite designating the IRGC as a terrorist group and assassinating Quds Force Commander General Qassem Soleimani, the US has failed to stop the IRGC’s rapid progress, the website added.

The significance of the launch became clearer when the chief commander of the Iranian Army, Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, and Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, both hailed it as a historic milestone in expanding the country’s defense prowess.

Other top Iranian officials, including Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, have also congratulated and thanked the IRGC for its latest leap forward.

However, the successful launch, while widely expected and encouraged at home, took by surprise American and Israeli leaders who did not see it coming amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Iran hard.

US President Donald Trump, in a rather rushed statement, said the US was tracking the launch and claimed “we know more about them than the Iranians themselves.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the launch violated the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Ironically enough, the Trump administration illegally abandoned the multi-lateral agreement in 2018.

Pompeo also echoed calls by Israeli leaders to hold Iran accountable for the launch, which they claimed was used as cover to expand Iran’s ballistic missile program.

There is even hearsay that the US is preparing to send the case to the Security Council for further action.

But did the launch really breach international law?

The UNSC Resolution 2231 calls on Iran to avoid “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Iran has time and again made it clear that it has no plans to develop nuclear weapons or missiles capable of delivering such warheads, the main initiative behind the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, with the P5+1 nations—the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany.

The resolution asks Iran to not undertake such test for a period of eight years, provided that other parties to the deal meet their commitments.

Iran has already cut back on most of its commitments under the landmark agreement following Washington’s exit and Europe’s failure to deliver its end of the bargain to protect trade.

The missile test ban, which experts say is non-binding and adhering to it is rather a gesture of good will by Iran, is expected to be terminated in fall.

All of this aside, there is still no evidence to back up America’s claims of Iran’s race being towards a nuclear weapon as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the other signatories to the JCPOA admit that Iran has fulfilled all of its promises.

So when it comes to Pompeo’s remarks about the violation of the UN resolution, perhaps Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has the best answer.

“This would not be the first time that a nation that has flagrantly breached the norms of international law and violated UNSC resolution 2231 is trying to deflect international condemnation by baselessly accusing Iran of noncompliance with the requirements of the Security Council,” she said Thursday.

“There are no, there have never been, and hopefully there will never be nuclear weapons in Iran. Iran, adhering to the resolution, does not develop, test or use ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons, unlike the United States, which surprises the world every single day with news about plans to develop their nuclear missile capabilities,” she added.

With all this in mind, it is safe to assume that Washington will never succeed in forcing Iran to back away from expanding its defensive power, specially considering how it is surrounded by US-allied regimes that falsely view Iran as their main enemy and keep stockpiling weapons of all kinds in the futile quest of stopping its growing influence.

There is also the question of what exactly gives Washington the right to undermine Iran’s defense power while being in possession of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal and spending billions more to upgrade it?

Given that the US is thousands of miles away from the Middle East region and has spent the past four decades implementing hostile policies against Iran, it seems that the answer to this and many other questions lay inside the US, where the Trump administration is under immense pressure for its disastrous handling of the coronavirus outbreak.


8 responses to “IRGC’s Noor-1 satellite: A new chapter in Iran’s defense power”

  1. Oh this news will badly upset that nice Mr Rothschild
    he has pledged to fight and smash iran to the last american soldiers life/

  2. For some time, Iran has been able to target Dimona and prime Israeli population centers with precision. As with radar systems, I believe Iran is getting lots of backdoor help from Russia & China with rocketry and satellites. At this point, I do not believe that either the US or Israel can pull off a stealth attack and come home without losses. All of Iran’s nuclear facilities are deep under naturally defensive rock formations and have a hard hat of super-strength concrete, so unless the US used nukes on its deep drill penetrators, and It is not clear if they can shield these war-heads to target. So at best any airstrikes would only cause a delay in development and production. Any strike using nukes that fail will lead to atmospheric contamination. The idea behind a successful deep drill nuke strike is that when the nuke reaches its target, it self seals by creating a bubble of molten glassified rock. That is the theory.

  3. Hitler refused to let his scientists develop the atom bomb
    as he said it was a weapon against civilians.
    Churchill had no such morals and deliberately targetted the women children schools and hospitals of Germany, the sinking of the hospital ship the Wilhelm Gustav was held to be the biggest war crime of the war.
    But at the wars end both the USA and Russia wanted to kidnap all the intelligentsia
    to work on an atom bomb for them, the Germans were so advanced once they got the jews out of the important positions, that the very latest USA stealth aircraft , is a German w w 2 design.

  4. @paul.williams…….’the Germans were so advanced once they got the jews out of the important positions, that the very latest USA stealth aircraft , is a German w w 2 design.’?
    The Jews run ALL positions in the WEST especially Germany!! The EU is completely by the hook noses!! Far from getting them OUT of important positions they have been very active taking OVER the entire WEST

  5. I’ll take this opportunity to present more facts related to the theory of Geocentrism, as I did in a previous article – ‘Iran launches military satellite into orbit amid tensions with US.’ Don’t worry, I still believe the Earth is a sphere.

    In the end of this short video you will see a path known as a cycloid, it’s like the shape of a flower. The video is about the Coriolis force, not planets. The Greek Ptolemy described the path of the planets exactly like that, thousands of years ago. That is what we see in our telescopes, we don’t see planets describing ellipses, we see planets describing cycloids. The Ptolemy’s description works perfectly well, ask any astronomer.

    The problem arises when we try to address forces behind these movements. The Newtonian model is full of flaws, no galaxy is supposed to exist in his model, they would centrifugally dissipate. That’s why “scientists” created out of thin air the fictitious concepts of dark matter/energy. Another problem in Newton’s model is that it can’t explain why planets or galaxies rotate inside a thin rotating disk, like we had some kind of vortex field.

    Newton static force of weight is half of the solution, the other half is the Coriolis dynamic force. Some analogies can be made: the force of weight a mass feels is analogous to the electrostatic force a particle, electrically charged, feels. The Coriolis force a moving mass feels is analogous to the electromagnetic (electrodynamic) force a moving particle, electrically charged, feels. On the Earth’s poles there is a match between the equation’s shape of gravity and electromagnetism. Outside the Earth’s poles gravity is more complex than electromagnetism. An electrical charge can be positive or negative but a mass cannot be negative. A moving charged particle in an electromagnetic field describes a helix but a moving particle (with mass) in Earth’s gravity describes a cycloid in Earth’s poles, outside the poles it’s a little more complicated.

    Geocentrism can explain everything. In the paper bellow equation 10 is the complete gravity force a particle feels in Earth’s gravity. Equation 17 is the detailed description of the Coriolis force.

    I’m kinda stuck, I can’t move forward and elaborate this theme further because of my limitations in mathematics. Are there any volunteers to take it from here?

  6. Once again consider nuclear armed Pakistan, US is never worried about nukes there, in fact Saudis have been transferring their Zombie ideology (Daesh/Isis) to Pakistan, who knows maybe yet another new threat will be created there to hinder Iran’s progress. There have been over ~340 US drone attacks with collateral damage in Pakistan and even more in Afghanistan, killing civilians, hitting wedding parties, farmers, etc… A nuclear armed Pakistan can’t do anything about it, Pakistanis people burn paper drones and effigies in protest. Compare this with Iran, has no nukes but no drone can even get close no matter how advanced! RQ170, RQ4, etc…

    Why should Iran make nukes when Israel is keeping nukes for Iran in Dimona nuclear facility!? Iran can take out Dimona within 7 minutes using a barrage of conventional Dezful missiles launched from Iran or Hezbollah could do this being much closer. It would never come to this though. Iran only needs to be always 1 step away from making a nuke, this by itself creates further deterrence. Building nukes would make Iran look just like another savage animal in the jungle, it is bad publicity and works negatively for Iran’s soft-power. Maintaining, updating and securing nuclear weapons is very costly and takes a lot of resources. Mutually Assured Destruction is what Nukes are for. It is much cleaner to use precision guided conventional missiles, to hit what, where and when it hurts with drawing much condemnation or attention, it is possible to adjust the payload or type of warhead for any target so enough explosive is used for efficiency and reducing collateral damage. Nukes are overrated and hold a country back, they are an excuse for US to keep pressure on Iran.

    In Iran we are not so worried of Saudis exporting their ideas to Pakistan, we do however see some real threat brewing up in Jordan! Look it up, King Abdullah II of Jordan has a British mother, some Salafi groups in there are preparing him as a fake Mahdi.

  7. What ever happened to D’andrea, was he killed in the CIA plane, in Afghanistan?

  8. This satellite launch was very important for different reasons, mainly because despite being a huge project involving 2000 people, enemy intelligence agencies failed to get anything about it. The satellite rotates earth once every 90 minutes and passes over US too!