Iran claims it placed a satellite, Omid, in orbit. I’ve uploaded a video from Fars.
More to come. Where’s Forden?
Update: Thanks to my fantastic readers (including Brian Weeden, see the comments), we can confirm something is up there. Space Track lists two new objects in orbit with a 56 degree inclination: 2009-004A and 2009-004B (catalog numbers 33506 and 33507, respectively). This doesn’t really look like a photoshop job to me.
Later Update: Jonathan McDowell has a brief description of the data in his draft Space Report for next week:
IRANIAN SATELLITE LAUNCH
The first Iranian satellite was launched into orbit on Feb 2 at around
1835 UTC +/- 10 min on a southeastern trajectory from an unidentified launch site in Iran. Two objects are in orbits of 245 × 378 km x 55.51 deg and 245 × 439 × 55.6 deg; one is presumably the Omid payload and the other the Safir rocket final stage, but it’s not clear yet which is which. The first object’s orbit is close to the announced plan of a 250-350 km altitude. The Iranian Students News Agency calls the launch vehicle Safir-2; it’s not clear if this is represents a different vehicle type from Safir-1, or just a serial number. Pictures of the launch show “Safir – Omid (2) IRILV” painted on the side of the rocket.
The satellite may have a mass of 25 kg. Any Farsi speakers who can translate the Iranian news reports should get in touch with me.
Farsi speakers, please do drop Jonathan a note at: jcm [at] host.planet4589.org
Even Later Update: Here is Jill’s take on the politics of the launch.