Qased (rocket)


Qased SLV first launch 03.jpg
FunctionSmall-lift space launch vehicle
Country of originIran
Payload to LEO
(500 km)
Mass10 kg
Associated rockets
Launch history
Total launches1
First flight22 April 2020, to LEO
Last flight22 April 2020
First stage
Diameter1.25 m [2]
Second stage
Fuelsolid (plus liquid control thrusters ?)
Final stage
Fuelliquid (?)

The Qased (also Ghased, Persian: قاصد‎, lit.'messenger') rocket is an Iranian expendable small-capacity orbital space launch vehicle. It made its maiden flight in 2020, lofting a small military satellite titled Noor (Persian: نور‎, lit.'light') into orbit.[3][4][5]


The Qased rocket is small enough to be launched from a transporter erector launcher,[2] and is thought to be a derivative of the first Iranian orbital launcher, Safir[2] with a solid fueled second stage.[citation needed]


The launcher is notable as it is operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace force rather than the Iranian Space Agency,[2] who operates the Safir and Simorgh.[citation needed]

Launch history

Flight No. Date & Time (UTC) Payload Type Outcome Remarks
1 22 April 2020, 04:00 Noor satellite Success 444 x 426 km orbit, 59.8 degree inclination[2]

See also

External links

  • Scott Manley (26 April 2020). "Decoding Iran's New 'Qased' Rocket and the 'Noor' Satellite on YouTube". Scott Manley. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  • First launch video - "Qased launches Noor satellite on YouTube". SciNews. 22 April 2020. A Qased launch vehicle launched the Noor satellite from Iran, on 22 April 2020. According to official sources, Qased (قاصد) is a “three-stage, solid-propellant launcher” and the Noor ( نور) satellite was placed in a 425-km orbit. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


  1. ^ Borger, Julian (2020-04-22). "Iran reportedly launches first military satellite as Trump makes threats". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e David Todd (2020-04-22). "Iran launches new Qased rocket type with Noor military sat aboard". SpaceTrak. Seradata. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  3. ^ Stephen Clark (2020-04-22). "Iran places military satellite in orbit". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  4. ^ Loren Grush (2020-04-22). "Iran claims it has successfully launched a military satellite". The Verge. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  5. ^ "Iran launches its first military satellite". Al Jazeera. 2020-04-22. Retrieved 2020-04-28.