As shown in previous posts, “satellite” or “scientific” launches mask the true intention: ICBM capability and development.
The following three articles highlight such cases:
Iran launches observation satellite: media
Iran launches new satellite using ballistic missile technology
Iran ICBM Advances — Iran conducts test of new rocket motor with ICBM capability
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)