Russia launches Iranian satellite into space amid fears it could be used to monitor Ukraine

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Russia launched An Iranian satellite headed into space on Tuesday, just weeks after Moscow announced plans to abandon the International Space Station in the next two years.

The launch, which took off from the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan, put the tent satellite into orbit.

Iran claims that The satellite, named after a 12th-century Persian scientist, will be used to improve agricultural productivity, but concerns have been raised that Russia will use it to monitor Ukraine and could be used by Tehran to monitor Israel.

In this posted image taken from a video released by Roscosmos on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, a Russian Soyuz rocket blasts off to carry Iran’s El-Khayyam satellite into orbit at Russia’s leased Baikonur Cosmodrome near Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
(Roscosmos via AP)

Two Western security officials told the Washington Post last week that Moscow had informed Iran that it would use the satellite’s high-resolution camera for surveillance. Military objectives in Ukraine for several months.”

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The satellite will eventually give Iran “unprecedented capabilities” for surveillance Sensitive installations in Israel and other parts of the Middle East, the official told the newspaper.

The launch also comes as space cooperation between Russia and the West is collapsing amid Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.


Yuri Borisov, the newly appointed head of the Russian space company Roscosmos, said so last month Russia will leave the International Space Station In the next two eyes.

“The decision to leave the station after 2024 was taken,” Borisov said in late July, noting that Russia would fulfill the commitments of its partners before departure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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