Iranian satellite fails to reach orbit: defense ministry official

Iran launched a domestically made satellite on Sunday but it failed to reach orbit, a defense ministry official said.

“It was launched with success and … we have reached most our aims … but the “Zafar” satellite did not reach orbit as planned,” the official told state television.

The launch was the latest in a program which the United States says helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile technology. Tehran denies that its aerospace program is a cover for missile development.