International Middle East

Iran launches satellite-carrying rocket into space

Tehran[Iran]: Iran on Thursday launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space with three devices onboard, though it’s unclear if any of the objects entered orbit around the Earth, Deutsche Welle reported.The launch comes when the negotiations in Vienna between Tehran and world powers over a landmark 2015 deal aimed at restricting Iran’s nuclear program are taking place. “The satellite-carrying Simorgh rocket successfully launched three devices into space,” Defense Ministry spokesperson Ahmad Hosseini told state television, DW reported.In addition to that he also said, “For the first time, three devices were launched simultaneously to a distance of 470 kilometres (292 miles) at a speed of 7,350 meters per second”Previously, Tehran had launched rockets but met with failed attempts. The US has always been a critic of the rocket launches by Tehran.In 2015, Donald Trump signed a deal with Iran and lifted sanctions on Iran in return…

Europe International

Russia to launch third Angara-A5 Heavy rocket on December 23

Moscow [Russia]: Russian heavy-lift rocket Angara-A5 will be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the country’s northwest on December 23, marking the third of 17 such launches scheduled to take place before 2028, a source in the rocket and space industry told Sputnik.“The launch of Angara-A5 will take place on December 23 at 18:00 [Moscow time, 15:00 GMT],” the source said. The reserve date for the launch is December 24, the source added.The first two launches of the Angara heavy rocket took place at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on December 23, 2014 and December 14, 2020 .In October, the Russian Defense Ministry announced plans to carry out 17 launches of the new Angara-A5 heavy-lift rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome before the end of 2027, including one in 2021 and two in 2022.Angara is a family of Russian environmentally friendly carrier rockets ranging from light to…

Science Technology

Branson vs Bezos: Two Billionaires Compete To Ride Their Own Rockets Into Space

Two billionaires are putting everything on the line this month to ride their own rockets into space. It’s intended to be a flashy confidence boost for customers seeking their own short joyrides. The lucrative, high-stakes chase for space tourists will unfold on the fringes of space — 88 kilometers to 106 kilometers up, pitting Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson against the world’s richest man, Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos. Branson is due to take off Sunday from New Mexico, launching with two pilots and three other employees aboard a rocket plane carried aloft by a double-fuselage aircraft. Bezos departs nine days later from West Texas, blasting off in a fully automated capsule with three guests: his brother, an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer who’s waited six decades for a shot at space and the winner of a $28 million charity auction. Branson’s flight will be longer, but…