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Tuesday, November 29, 2005



Iran In Space?


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(Red Orbit) Iran's space agency is trying to snap up technology from abroad as fast as possible for its satellite program, fearing the West will seek to impose restrictions like those put on the Iranian nuclear program.

Iran has major ambitions in space, looking to show off its technological abilities, monitor its neighborhood - where the United States has hundreds of thousands of troops - and establish itself as a regional superpower.

Iran is determined to establish itself as a regional power, probably in order to counter the "evil crusaders and Zionists" which it views as agents seeking its destruction. Although advocating peaceful means for developing this technology, an Iranian space power would allow the regime to have a birds eye view of its neighbors (friend and foes) as well as give it an edge in an already tense region.

(Red Orbit) Iran joined the space club last month when it launched its first small satellite, the Sina-1, aboard a Russian rocket.

That orbiter was Russian-made, but Iran built its second satellite, the Mesbah, with help from the Italian company Carlo Gavazzi Space. Mesbah is due to be carried into space by a Russian rocket in about two months. [...]

Iran's next goal is to launch a satellite with one of its own rockets. Iranian officials say they are developing a Shahab-4 missile that could lift a satellite into orbit, but have not given details on when it will be ready.

Image Credit: Red Orbit


Iranian officials pointed out that space technology would not only aid in monitoring natural disasters and telecommunications, but also help secure their borders as they mentioned America's use of satellites before the Afghan and Iraqi wars. The Persian nation is determined to be the dominant space power in the region within 20 years, and is receiving assistance from the Russians (who are probably more interested in commercialising space than in the potential crisis of an Iranian space power).



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[A]n Iranian space power would allow the regime to have a birds eye view of its neighbors (friend and foes) as well as give it an edge in an already tense region.

Just we what need--a bigger edge for Iran. And "tense" is putting it mildly.

"Powder keg" does it for me.

Sigh.

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