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Iran has successfully launched three research satellites into space, Iranian media reported Thursday.

The report did not detail when the launch occurred.

According to Ahmad Hosseini, a Defense Ministry spokesman, the rocket used was a Simorgh, ABC NEWS added.

The site also quoted him as saying that the "performance of the space center and the performance of the satellite carrier was done properly."

An unnamed Defense Ministry spokesperson confirmed to Iran's Tasnim that, "The satellite-carrying Simorgh rocket successfully launched three devices into space."

"For the first time, three devices were launched simultaneously to a distance of 470 kilometers (292 miles) at a speed of 7,350 meters per second."

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that Iran was preparing to launch a ballistic missile into space. According to that report, satellite photos showed preparations at the Imam Khomeini Spaceport, from which Iran operates both its civilian space agency and its military space force.