Russia launches an Iranian spy satellite into orbit
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Russia launches an Iranian spy satellite into orbit

The Iranian satellite “Khayyam” was launched from Russia from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a launch operated by Moscow. Western intelligence suspicion that it is being used to spy on military targets in Ukraine. The Iranian Space Agency: “the Islamic Republic will control the satellite from day one”. The announcement of the launch of the Russian space agency Roscomos, reported by Tass: “The rocket Soyuz 2.1b with the Iranian satellite and 16 small spacecraft, was launched from Baikonur”.

The video released by the Russian space agency showing the rocket taking off.

The satellite, nicknamed “Khayyam” (in honor of a 12th century Persian mathematician), is the result of an agreement negotiated with Iran in almost four years. Russia has agreed to build and launch the Kanopus-V system, which includes a high-resolution camera that would give Tehran unprecedented capabilities, including near-continuous monitoring of sensitive facilities in Israel and the Persian Gulf. But Iran – according to intelligence – may not be able to immediately take control of the satellite. The launch is the latest indicator of increased military and political cooperation between Moscow and Tehran.