Second orbital launch failure in a month for Iran rocket

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According to U.S. officials, Iran has attempted and failed twice in the past month to place satellites in orbit.

Iran’s second try in less than a month to send a satellite into orbit apparently failed shortly after liftoff from a remote desert launch pad under daily surveillance from a fleet of commercial imaging spacecraft, according to U.S. government officials and independent analysts.

Images of the launch pad in north-central Iran taken by orbiting satellites owned by U.S. companies suggest a rocket launch occurred last week, but the U.S. military’s catalog of space objects registered no new spacecraft in orbit. A satellite launch attempt was expected in recent weeks based on statements from Iran’s government and observations of increasing activity at the launch site.

Iran has admitted to a launch failure on January 15, though it denies the failure last week, claiming instead that the February launch succeeded in placing its satellite in orbit, even though no new satellite has been detected.



  • wayne

    This made up country, needs to go away. All the way.

  • Andi

    “suggest a rocket launch occurred last week”? Hard to believe that DoD doesn’t know about every launch or attempted launch that occurs anywhere. Don’t they have all that early-detection hardware flying around?

  • Col Beausabre

    Hardly a “made up country” , Iran as a nation dates to the 7th century BC. Despite Greek propaganda, it was a lenient ruler over the peoples it conquered allowing local customs, laws and religion to remain in place as long as loyalty to the crown was demonstrated via the state religion, payment of taxes and providing its quota of troops. They were even ruled by locals called “satraps” (many of whom were local royalty and had grown up at the imperial court – both to serve as hostages and to indoctrinate them into the imperial system). As far as a civilization goes, the Iranians were at least the equals of Egypt and Mesopotamia. It also had no designs on Greece until several ethnically Greek cities rebelled and Athens provided financial and military support (via mercenaries) to the rebels. And, by the way, they called their country “Iran” and its ruler the “Shah”., “Persia” is what the Greeks called them.

  • wayne

    Col Beausabre-
    I’ll rephrase that….

    “This made up country needs to go away. All, the way.”

  • wayne

    Prepare the Red Matter….
    (Star Trek 2009)

  • Chris

    Wayne, wouldn’t a clip from the 300 meet your needs better?

    Col – thanks for the tid bit. I knew Iran was truly ancient but not that they identified as Iran.

    I must agree with the spirit of Wayne’s comment. The present Iranian government must be destroyed. They have evil designs. I think the population, as with most, is generally good.
    As for the Iranian people my anecdotal evidence is my experience in college. There were several Iranian nationals on campus. One in my Physics class. He had escaped “thruogh the desert” with his family. His father was in the military when the revolution hit. He was very intelligent but modest and quiet.
    Several others on campus were also Iranian but sponsored by the government I believe. They were fairly self centered and not nice to women. This was the talk on campus. They had bad behavior with females.

  • wayne

    “This is where they die”

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