As shown in previous posts, “satellite” or “scientific” launches mask the true intention: ICBM capability and development.
The following three articles highlight such cases:
American intelligence sources said Sunday they are not sure that Iran’s April 19 launch of its new “Simorgh” intercontinental ballistic missile was for putting a satellite into orbit, as Tehran claims. They said it may have been intended to test the third stage of the ICBM and that the Iranians had no intention of launching a satellite.
US defense officials were earlier quoted as saying American intelligence services view the launch as a partial success although the missile did not reach orbit. The Simorgh is considered to be a main part of Iran’s long-range missile development program.
Full article: Not clear whether launch of ICBM by Iran was for satellite: US intel sources (DEBKAfile)