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Second Iranian space-launch centre revealed

06 August 2013
DigitalGlobe satellite imagery taken on 6 July shows the launch pad and tower at Iran's new space-launch facility, 40 km southeast of the city of Shahrud. (DigitalGlobe)

Satellite imagery obtained by IHS Jane's reveals the previously undisclosed location of a second Iranian space-launch facility in the northern province of Semnan.

Iranian officials have been saying for more than 18 months that another space-launch facility is being constructed to augment the existing one, which is 60 km southeast of the city of Semnan, but have provided only vague details of the new site's location.

Hamid Fazeli, the director of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), said in February 2012 that a new "space city" was being constructed somewhere "outside Tehran province". The following August Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced that a new satellite-launch facility named after Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni, was "80% complete".

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