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Satellite photos suggest Iran had a launch failure with rocket explosion on launchpad

Based on new satellite photos, it appears that an attempt by Iran to launch a satellite failed this week when the rocket exploded on the launchpad.

Before and after images taken by imagery satellites from two different private companies, Maxar and Planet Labs, suggest the incident likely occurred around February 26th.

Satellite images from Maxar Technologies seen by The Associated Press show scorch marks at a launchpad at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province on Sunday. A rocket stand on the pad appears scorched and damaged, with vehicles surrounding it. An object, possibly part of the gantry, sits near it.

Successful launches typically don’t damage rocket gantries because they are lowered prior to takeoff. Iran also usually immediately trumpets launches that reach space on its state-run television channels, and it has a history of not acknowledging failed attempts.

The news reports claims that the failed rocket was Iran’s Zuljanah rocket, which uses solid rocket motors for its lower stages. Zuljanah has never made orbit, having been unveiled one year ago after a single suborbital test flight.

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4 comments

  • Cotour

    If you are unable to precisely and accurately paint circles around your launch pad, you probably are not yet qualified and should not be monkeying around building satellites and rockets and trying to launch them into space.

    Master the basics first.

  • Alton

    Wait Wait ……. Waiting !

    Obama allowed the Sale and Transfer of technology to Red China for satellite ? launches (ICBM applicable) by a Democrat Doner Company……
    Olde Joe (The Great American Wonder) IS reportedly in the final stages of a New agreement with Iran. (Negotiated by Russia). Passing Billions to The Theocracy and now launching capability also ??

  • Cotour

    You would think that if you were launching rockets in order to install satellites into orbit, you would start with being able to paint precise and accurate circles around your launch pad.

    Not a good indicator.

  • Jeff Wright

    Joe must have helped them design it…at Lake Oswego.

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