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Safir

Safir-1A (Rasad 1)
[Fars News Agency]

Safir-1B (Navid)
[Fars News Agency]

Safir is an iranian space launcher based on the Kavoshgar-1 sounding rocket, which is a modification of the Shahab-3 IRBM.

The Safir-1 is a two stage vehicle with a stretched Shahab-3 (Nodong type) based first stage, a liquid fueled second stage with two engines. Safir-1A is a slightly improved version. The Safir-1B introduced an new fuel combination for higher thrust of stage one.

Possibly a small solid fuel third stage might be added to improve performance in future versions.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
Safir-1 Shahab-3 (str.) / ? Stage 2 / 2 × ?
Safir-1A Shahab-3 (str.) / ? Stage 2 / 2 × ?
Safir-1B Shahab-3 (impr. str.) / ? Stage 2 / 2 × ?
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Safir-1 ~25 - - - - -
Safir-1A ~25 - - - - -
Safir-1B 65 - - - - -
No:             Type          Serial          Date            LS    Payload

 1      1       Safir-1       OES.0001        17.08.2008   F  Sem   Omid
 2      2       Safir-1       OES.0002        02.02.2009      Sem   Omid
 3      1       Safir-1A      UIS.0001        15.06.2011      Sem   Rasad 1
 4      1       Safir-1B      ERS.2002        03.02.2012      Sem   Navid
 5      2       Safir-1B      .               23.05.2012 ? F  Sem   Fajr ?
 6      3       Safir-1B      .               22.09.2012 ? F  Sem   Fajr ?
 7      4       Safir-1B      .               17.02.2013 ? F  Sem   Fajr ?


Planned: 

 x      x       Safir-1B      .               xx.xx.2014      Sem   Tadbir
 x      x       Safir-1B      .               xx.xx.201x      Sem   Sharif-Sat


Launch sites:

Sem = Semnan


Failures:

Flight 1: Second stage lost control. Unclear, if orbital attempt or suborbital test flight.
Flight 5: The launch date has not yet been confirmed
Flight 6: On pad explosion, between 22.09.2012 and 25.10.2012