Iran rocket fails to place satellite in orbit


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The new colonial movement: According to their government sources, Iran today tried and failed to place a Earth imaging satellite into orbit with their Simorgh rocket.

The rocket carrying the Payam satellite failed to reach the “necessary speed” in the third stage of its launch, Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said.

Jahromi said the rocket had successfully passed its first and second stages before developing problems in the third. He didn’t elaborate on what caused the rocket failure but promised that Iranian scientists would continue their work.

I wonder how much of a failure this launch is. If they were testing an ICBM capability, then the successful operation of the first and second stages would likely rank this as a success. And even if their main goal wasn’t ICBM testing, in the end they have done so, as they can apply what they learn here to all military missile technology.

Update: You can see video of the launch at this Iranian press story, along with other details about Iran’s space effort. I found the comments there most educational however. Here’s one sample: “Iran needs to use its space technology to fire invincible hyper-sonic missiles from space at the Jews in Israel.” The comments are all not like this, but there are enough to give you a sense of Iran’s social culture.

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5 comments

  • Phill O

    “He didn’t elaborate on what caused the rocket failure but promised that Iranian scientists would continue their work.”

    Bet you that what is between the lines is “promised that Iranian scientists would pay for it”

    Bob, you may very well be absolutely correct that the main goal is the obliteration of Israel. This is a true statement: “Just because I am paranoid, does not mean people are not out to get me!”

    I do not doubt that the technology will be spread to the states controlled by Iran.

    Antisemitism is growing in North America, is strong in Europe and dominant in Latin America (where many of the SS fled).

  • geoffc

    Isn’t an orbital booster, ‘failing’ on its upper stage, the key plot point in a Tom Clancy book? Debt of Honour I believe. A good book by the way.

  • Edward

    Tehran is smaller than Israel. One retaliatory nuke and Fascist Iran is Kaput.

  • Edward: Ugh. Your comment illustrates how uncivilized we have become. You clearly relish the idea of dropping nuclear bombs on Iran. I can promise you that no one relished doing this to Japan in World War II. They realized the necessity, but did not like it.

    The difference in the two attitudes might seem small, but it is really quite gigantic.

  • Edward

    That comment was from a different Edward, not the one who usually comments here.

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