Iranian state TV showed the launch of a rocket which is claimed to be a satellite carrier. (AP)

Iran claims it launched rocket into space

Iran has announced it launched a satellite carrier rocket bearing three devices into space, though it’s unclear whether any of the objects entered orbit around earth.

The state TV report on Thursday, as well as others by Iran’s semiofficial news agencies, did not say when the launch was conducted nor what devices the carrier brought with it. However, the launch comes amid difficult negotiations in Vienna over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal.

Previous launches have drawn rebukes from the United States. The US State Department, Space Force and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ahmad Hosseini, a Defense Ministry spokesman, identified the rocket as a Simorgh or “Phoenix” rocket. He said the three devices were sent up 470 kilometres.

Hosseini was quoted as saying the “performance of the space centre and the performance of the satellite carrier was done properly”. He described the launch as “initial”, suggesting more are on the way.

Iran’s TV aired footage of the white rocket emblazoned with the words, “Simorgh satellite carrier” and the slogan “We can” shooting into the morning sky from Iran’s Imam Khomeini Spaceport.

A state TV reporter at a nearby desert site hailed the launch as “another achievement by Iranian scientists”.

However, officials were silent on whether the launched objects had actually reached orbit. Iran’s civilian space program has suffered a series of setbacks in recent years, including fatal fires and a launchpad rocket explosion that drew the attention of former President Donald Trump.

Read the article from Shepparton News (AAP newswire).