According to Tasnim news agency, the launch was carried out by Imam Khomeini Space Center.
The report added that the Simorgh satellite carrier is able to put satellites weighing as much as 250 kilograms at an orbit of about 500 kilometers above the Earth’s surface.
The report said Imam Khomeini Space Center is responsible for all operations related to satellite carriers, including preparation, launch, control and steering.
Iran’s Imam Khomeini Space Center conforms to the latest international standards and after the final phase of its development, the base will be able to meet all the country’s needs at Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
The launch signals the official inauguration of the Imam Khomeini Space Center.
In December last year, Iran’s minister of information and communications technology said the country was planning to send a new domestically-manufactured satellite into space by the past Iranian calendar year (ending on March 20, 2017).
Mahmoud Vaezi added that Iran planned to send two more satellites into space by the end of the next Iranian calendar year (which ends on March 20, 2018).
The three satellites have been manufactured by young Iranian experts in research centers at the country’s universities, the minister said.
He also noted that Iran was about to sign a contract with a Russian company for the manufacture of a remote-sensing satellite.
Vaezi’s remarks came after the head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Mohsen Bahrami said in October 2016 that the country was planning to send three homemade satellites into space.
He added that Amirkabir and Nahid I satellites would be put into space during the next Iranian calendar year, noting that the preparation process for the domestically-manufactured Sadr satellite was also underway.
The ISA chief stated that Sharif Sat was a remote-sensing satellite and Nahid I was a communications satellites.
The head of Iran’s Electronic Industries’ space group said: the building and successful use of the Iran Khomeini Space Center is a turning point in the progress and peaceful use of Iran’s aerospace industry.
The Simorgh satellite carrier was launched into orbit by Defense Minister General Hossein Dehqan, and thanks to the support of Iran’s armed forces.
Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid (Hope), in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using the Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.
Iran also placed the domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite into orbit in February 2015. The satellite is capable of taking and transmitting high-quality and accurate pictures to stations on earth.