Friday, January 26, 2007

Iranians in Space

Iran intends to use a modified missile to launch low-earth-orbit satellites. This news came as a shock to world leaders, more accustomed to being leaders in the space initiative than followers. It could also pose a threat to security in the Middle East if Iran marries its pursuit of nuclear weapons with the capability to put a satellite in orbit.

Not surprisingly, Iran has been pursuing this capability for quite some time, only now reaching a point where the technology is within reach. The Iranian Space Agency has specific list of goals including remote sensing, communications and information technology. It also has partners including Chinese, Italian and Russian space scientists.

Iranian government officials have touted their peaceful pursuit of space technology, but countries who have long considered Iran a threat are worried the new technology will only provide a new threat from an old enemy...

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