0156 GMT February 18, 2019
Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said Tuesday’s satellite, named Payam, was mounted with four cameras. It was intended to be used for imaging and communications purposes and orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers (310 miles), according to a report on the ministry’s website.
He said the satellite failed at the third stage because the rocket “did not reach adequate speed.”
“I would have liked to make everybody happy with good news but sometimes life doesn’t go forward the way we anticipate,” he said on Twitter, Reuters reported.
Another satellite, named Doosti, was waiting to be launched.
“We should not come up short or stop,” Azari Jahromi wrote. “It’s exactly in these circumstances that we Iranians are different than other people in spirit and bravery.”
Iran launched the domestically-built satellite with an aim to collect environmental information to boost the country's forecasting system.
Iran launched its first locally-built satellite, Omid, in 2009. The country also sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into space in February 2010, using Kavoshgar-3 carrier.
In February 2015, Iran placed its domestically-made Fajr satellite into orbit, which is capable of taking and transmitting high-quality photos to stations on Earth.
Prior to the launch, the United States had warned Iran against the mission, claiming that any such project ran counter to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as well as the relevant UN Security Council resolution that endorsed it.
Iran responded by giving assurances that there is no military aspect to its satellite activity and that its missile tests are in no way banned under the nuclear agreement or the UNSC resolution, because the missiles are not designed to deliver nuclear warheads.