Iran to launch Fajr satellite in next Iranian year

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Originally Posted by Ministry of Defence
Caretaker of Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization announced Tuesday the domestically-built Fajr (Dawn) satellite would be launched in the early months of next Iranian year (to start March 20, 2012).

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Djbutler

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I wouldn't be surprised if it collided with some old lump of space junk and got damaged beyond repair, there's an awful lot of American, sorry, Soviet, scrap up there it could bump into.
 
I just hope the launch rockets function properly. I would hate to have to duck every time they moved it to get a look at Farnborough airport, or Hawley training area.
 
Oh dear......the Americans won't like that.....god forbid Iran launching a satellite!
Haven't the Yanks got some sort of anti-satellite laser thingy, or did I dream it?
 
Haven't the Yanks got some sort of anti-satellite laser thingy, or did I dream it?
I think that was their star wars project thing....but they forgot that they haven't got a laser that can destroy stuff.....well, at least one that is portable enough to get into space.

I think the chinks...oh sorry Chinese for the PC whallahs out there, have actually got some anti satellite stuff.
 
Well done, Trigger. The Iranians have already launched several domestically-built satellites on domestically-built launchers. Navid (launched on Feb 3rd on a 'Safir' booster, a modified Shahab IRBM) is currently on orbit apparently taking earth observing images. It's a 50 kg satellite that's meant to be up there for 18 months, and it's flying over the UK 5 times today (next pass is at 13:02 GMT).

Navid - Orbit

Iran launched new 2012 satellite into Orbit
 
This morning Iran successfully launched its first military satellite. Time will tell if the bus actually works though. Possible payload - a comms suite for controlling UAVs BLOS?

'Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said on Wednesday it launched a military satellite into orbit amid wider tensions with the US, a successful launch after months of failures.

'There was no immediate independent confirmation of the launch of the satellite, which the Guard called “Noor," or light.

'The Guard on its official said the satellite successfully reached an orbit of 264 miles above the Earth’s surface.'


 

Donny

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This morning Iran successfully launched its first military satellite. Time will tell if the bus actually works though. Possible payload - a comms suite for controlling UAVs BLOS?

'Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said on Wednesday it launched a military satellite into orbit amid wider tensions with the US, a successful launch after months of failures.

'There was no immediate independent confirmation of the launch of the satellite, which the Guard called “Noor," or light.

'The Guard on its official said the satellite successfully reached an orbit of 264 miles above the Earth’s surface.'


‘kinell - top marks for use of the J-button! :worship:
 
‘kinell - top marks for use of the J-button! :worship:
Well, I didn;t think it was worth another thread, and it helps to keep info on Iranian space launches in the one place. The comment made at post #2 remains pertinent!
 
Update on today's launch.

'The U.S. military’s second highest official said Wednesday it is too early to say definitively whether Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps successfully launched a military satellite into space, pushing back on an earlier report that the launch had failed.

'Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, said the rocket “went a very long way” and that he did not yet have the information necessary to say publicly whether the satellite had entered orbit. “It takes a little while to characterize what goes off into space,” General Hyten told reporters at the Pentagon, adding that he expects to be able to announce the result publicly within a day or so.

'Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it successfully launched the satellite, dubbed the Nour, earlier on Wednesday. The IRGC’s Sepahnews website said the satellite was launched onboard a Qased rocket from a site in Iran’s central desert. If successful, the Nour would be Iran’s first military satellite in space.'


 
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Or capture instead of kill?
Seizing of a military asset by a serious challenger (not at war yet, so not hostile), particularly of a vanity project like your first mil sat, could easily be spun by the regime as an act of war, especially if you're getting more unpopular by eth day and want to distract the disgruntled population.
 
Seizing of a military asset by a serious challenger (not at war yet, so not hostile), particularly of a vanity project like your first mil sat, could easily be spun by the regime as an act of war, especially if you're getting more unpopular by eth day and want to distract the disgruntled population.
Proving who stole it might be difficult.
 

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