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Iran hails successful launch of satellite rocket
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jDJTHPpLUYb3WUzzphdkkrcO9HPA ^

Posted on 02/03/2010 1:51:50 AM PST by jhpigott

TEHRAN — Iran hailed the successful launch of a home-built satellite on Wednesday amid Western concerns it is using its nuclear and space industries to develop atomic and ballistic weapons.

The Kavoshgar 3 (Explorer) rocket was carrying an "experimental capsule", state-owned Al-Alam television reported.

State television's website said it was carrying "live animals" -- a rat, turtles and worms, the first such experiment by Iran in space technology.

"The capsule has the ability to send back empirical data," the website said.

State television showed footage of the rocket being fired from a desert launchpad leaving behind a thick plume of smoke.

A few minutes later the grainy images showed the capsule detaching from the rocket and spinning in orbit.

State television also carried pictures of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiling another home-built rocket for satellite launches dubbed the Simorgh (Phoenix).

The milk-bottle shaped rocket, emblazoned in blue with the words "Satellite Carrier Simorgh," is equipped to carry a 100-kilogramme (220-pound) satellite 500 kilometres (310 miles) into orbit, the television report said.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: armsbuildup; iran; iraniannukes

1 posted on 02/03/2010 1:51:50 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: maquiladora; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

ping


2 posted on 02/03/2010 1:52:29 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott

3 posted on 02/03/2010 1:57:26 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: jhpigott

State television also carried pictures of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiling another home-built rocket for satellite launches dubbed the Simorgh (Phoenix).

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“Lookit’Meeee!”,,,

(Watch North)...


4 posted on 02/03/2010 2:05:55 AM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: jhpigott
"Tehran denies having military goals for its space programme or its nuclear drive."

Oh, well then, nothing to worry about here. Move along.

5 posted on 02/03/2010 2:06:07 AM PST by Pinkbell
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To: jhpigott

Looks like a good target for testing our missile defense system.


6 posted on 02/03/2010 2:11:09 AM PST by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: Pinkbell

“Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi revealed the details of three new satellite prototypes — the Toloo (Dawn), Navid (Good News), and Mesbah-2 (Lantern).”

Good News 2-11?


7 posted on 02/03/2010 2:14:34 AM PST by Selene
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To: jhpigott

And Obama cancelled our missile defense. He will get us all killed if we do not stop his insanity.


8 posted on 02/03/2010 2:33:19 AM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: jhpigott

ICBM program.


9 posted on 02/03/2010 2:56:30 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: jhpigott; Yehuda; sheik yerbouty; null and void
State television's website said it was carrying "live animals" -- a rat, turtles and worms, the first such experiment by Iran in space technology.

"The capsule has the ability to send back empirical data*," the website said.

*"Tastes like chicken."

10 posted on 02/03/2010 4:00:24 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: jhpigott

When ImANutJob said Feb 11th would take away the Capitalist system, I said - ‘whatever’. When I see this, I think - can these idiots even try to pull off some type of EMP detonation? They’d be stupid enough to try.


11 posted on 02/03/2010 4:13:49 AM PST by time4good
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To: Ezekiel
*"Tastes like chicken."

LOL!

12 posted on 02/03/2010 4:13:51 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Pinkbell; John O; Leisler; All
There are those who claim Iran was incapable of this type of technological progress without outside experts, but from everything I've seen, they are exporting scientists, not bringing ones in. Anyone have a source contradicting that?
13 posted on 02/03/2010 4:18:19 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: jhpigott
The Kavoshgar 3 (Explorer) rocket was carrying an "experimental capsule", state-owned Al-Alam television reported...carrying "live animals" -- a rat, turtles and worms"

OK, the turtles (the mullahs, always hiding beneath their shells) I get, and the worms (Ahmadinnerjacket and his Basiji cult followers) I get, but who is the 'Rat?

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14 posted on 02/03/2010 4:28:19 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: jhpigott
Here's a little something to ponder: a Wall Street Journal article written just a couple of weeks after the 2008 election: "What a Single Nuclear Warhead Could Do"

Consider Iran. For the past decade, Iran -- with the assistance of Russia, China and North Korea -- has been developing missile technology. Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani announced in 2004 their ability to mass produce the Shahab-3 missile capable of carrying a lethal payload to Israel or -- if launched from a ship -- to an American city.

The current controversy over Iran's nuclear production is really about whether it is capable of producing nuclear warheads. This possibility is made more urgent by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement in 2005: "Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism? But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved."

Mr. Ahmadinejad takes seriously, even if the average Iranian does not, radical Islam's goal of converting, subjugating or destroying the infidel peoples -- first and foremost the citizens of the U.S. and Israel. Even after 9/11, we appear not to take that threat seriously. We should.

Think about this scenario: An ordinary-looking freighter ship heading toward New York or Los Angeles launches a missile from its hull or from a canister lowered into the sea. It hits a densely populated area. A million people are incinerated. The ship is then sunk. No one claims responsibility. There is no firm evidence as to who sponsored the attack, and thus no one against whom to launch a counterstrike.

But as terrible as that scenario sounds, there is one that is worse. Let us say the freighter ship launches a nuclear-armed Shahab-3 missile off the coast of the U.S. and the missile explodes 300 miles over Chicago. The nuclear detonation in space creates an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

Gamma rays from the explosion, through the Compton Effect, generate three classes of disruptive electromagnetic pulses, which permanently destroy consumer electronics, the electronics in some automobiles and, most importantly, the hundreds of large transformers that distribute power throughout the U.S. All of our lights, refrigerators, water-pumping stations, TVs and radios stop running. We have no communication and no ability to provide food and water to 300 million Americans.


This is what is referred to as an EMP attack, and such an attack would effectively throw America back technologically into the early 19th century. It would require the Iranians to be able to produce a warhead as sophisticated as we expect the Russians or the Chinese to possess. But that is certainly attainable. Common sense would suggest that, absent food and water, the number of people who could die of deprivation and as a result of social breakdown might run well into the millions.

Far too uncomfortable to think about, much less do something about. So we as a nation in effect put our fingers in our ears and yell as loud as we can: LALALALALA! I can't hear you!

15 posted on 02/03/2010 5:00:29 AM PST by southernnorthcarolina (Now with ConstructionCam! Click on my name and follow the progress.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
As bad as that scenario sounds, I would rather endure that than what would be in store for Iran.
16 posted on 02/03/2010 5:43:41 AM PST by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: jhpigott

And now Obama is turning NASA into a research entity to study Global Warming (Climate Change). Even part of the Pentagon is supposed to study this!!!!!

Idiots....


17 posted on 02/03/2010 5:47:46 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: jhpigott

Premature launch??? Or is this another build-up for his Feb. 11th “show” that is supposedly going to end the US? I pray Obama isn’t too busy monitoring Reuters to be ready to act...


18 posted on 02/03/2010 7:30:28 AM PST by LibertyRocks (Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: jhpigott

“a rat, a turtle, and worms”

Congress had better beef up security! It seems that Iranian agents have kidnapped some of them and shot them into space!!!! Yeeeaaarrrggghhhh!!!!!


19 posted on 02/03/2010 7:47:18 AM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: jhpigott

Funny, just last night my wife asked if we should be worried about getting nuked.

I told her the Middle East and Europe may have to worry but Iran didn’t have the mean to nuke the US unless by boat.

Guess I was wrong and we do have to worry now.


20 posted on 02/03/2010 8:01:48 AM PST by hattend (Mary Jo, this one's for you! (Thank you, Massachusetts - welcome back to the union))
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To: southernnorthcarolina
What exactly does EMP destroy?

Jumping in here.....

I know that normal commercial chips as found in PCs cannot handle radiation aboard spacecraft.....

I would suppose that EMP would deliver some type of radiation similar to that encountered by satellites...

I believe that some of the electrical equipment found in power networks is also impacted by major coronal outbursts from the Sun....

Found this:

The Effects of Nuclear Weapons - EMP radiation from nuclear space bursts in 1962

Above: USSR Test ‘184’ on 22 October 1962, ‘Operation K’ (ABM System A proof tests) 300-kt burst at 290-km altitude near Dzhezkazgan. Prompt gamma ray-produced EMP induced a current of 2,500 amps measured by spark gaps in a 570-km stretch of 500 ohm impedance overhead telephone line to Zharyq, blowing all the protective fuses. The late-time MHD-EMP was of low enough frequency to enable it to penetrate the 90 cm into the ground, overloading a shallow buried lead and steel tape-protected 1,000-km long power cable between Aqmola and Almaty, firing circuit breakers and setting the Karaganda power plant on fire.

More at the link

21 posted on 02/03/2010 8:31:38 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: jhpigott; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; NormsRevenge; onyx; gandalftb; Grampa Dave; ...

fyi


22 posted on 02/03/2010 8:36:41 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

“One Second After”

http://www.onesecondafter.com/


23 posted on 02/03/2010 8:37:45 AM PST by Drill Thrawl (Another day, another injury, another step closer. Are you prepared?)
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To: Drill Thrawl

re: “home built satellite”

so now Ahm-a-whackjob is tinkering in his basement on the Iranian satellites? That must be where the rat, turtles, and worms came from.....

seriously, though, if Iran really can reach 300+ miles up (big “if” - has this claim been verified???) then they are attaining inter-continental potential, I would think (not that I have any expertise, but once they can reach an orbit then I’d think that ICBM status is near??)


24 posted on 02/03/2010 8:50:43 AM PST by Enchante (Obamanation: are you really concerned about "foreign" campaign donations? Let's see all of yours!!)
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To: Enchante
Could be. But it would be cheaper to put it on a container ship and launch it from the Gulf of Mexico.

Either way we lack any sort of leadership that "has a pair" so we are screwed. Might be a good time to invest in buggy whips.

25 posted on 02/03/2010 9:02:55 AM PST by Drill Thrawl (Another day, another injury, another step closer. Are you prepared?)
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To: mkjessup

Can’t send up THAT RAT.... Teleprompters are too heavy for the payload...


26 posted on 02/03/2010 9:30:36 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Iran is approaching a level where the USA was back in the early sixties by the looks of it.


27 posted on 02/03/2010 10:22:32 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: mkjessup

“Dearreader went into space today & prayed the perfect golf game on moon.”

“this is CNN.”


28 posted on 02/03/2010 11:53:35 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Marine_Uncle

29 posted on 02/03/2010 11:55:02 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: southernnorthcarolina; jhpigott
"Here's a little something to ponder: a Wall Street Journal article written just a couple of weeks after the 2008 election: "What a Single Nuclear Warhead Could Do"

It would require the Iranians to be able to produce a warhead as sophisticated as we expect the Russians or the Chinese to possess. "

Not true, according to this report:

U.S. Intel: Iran Plans Nuclear Strike on U.S.
Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 09:00 AM

Iran has carried out missile tests for what could be a plan for a nuclear strike on the United States, the head of a national security panel has warned.

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee and in remarks to a private conference on missile defense over the weekend hosted by the Claremont Institute, Dr. William Graham warned that the U.S. intelligence community “doesn’t have a story” to explain the recent Iranian tests.

One group of tests that troubled Graham, the former White House science adviser under President Ronald Reagan, were successful efforts to launch a Scud missile from a platform in the Caspian Sea.

“They’ve got [test] ranges in Iran which are more than long enough to handle Scud launches and even Shahab-3 launches,” Dr. Graham said. “Why would they be launching from the surface of the Caspian Sea? They obviously have not explained that to us.”

Another troubling group of tests involved Shahab-3 launches where the Iranians "detonated the warhead near apogee, not over the target area where the thing would eventually land, but at altitude,” Graham said. “Why would they do that?”

Graham chairs the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, a blue-ribbon panel established by Congress in 2001.

The commission examined the Iranian tests “and without too much effort connected the dots,” even though the U.S. intelligence community previously had failed to do so, Graham said.

The only plausible explanation we can find is that the Iranians are figuring out how to launch a missile from a ship and get it up to altitude and then detonate it,” he said. “And that’s exactly what you would do if you had a nuclear weapon on a Scud or a Shahab-3 or other missile, and you wanted to explode it over the United States.

The commission warned in a report issued in April that the United States was at risk of a sneak nuclear attack by a rogue nation or a terrorist group designed to take out our nation’s critical infrastructure.

"If even a crude nuclear weapon were detonated anywhere between 40 kilometers to 400 kilometers above the earth, in a split-second it would generate an electro-magnetic pulse [EMP] that would cripple military and civilian communications, power, transportation, water, food, and other infrastructure," the report warned.

While not causing immediate civilian casualties, the near-term impact on U.S. society would dwarf the damage of a direct nuclear strike on a U.S. city.

More: http://newsmax.com/Newsfront/iran-nuclear-plan/2008/07/29/id/324724

30 posted on 02/03/2010 12:19:01 PM PST by rxsid (HOW CAN A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN'S STATUS BE "GOVERNED" BY GREAT BRITAIN? - Leo Donofrio (2009))
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

ROLF!


31 posted on 02/03/2010 12:56:39 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; KevinDavis; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
Thanks Ernest.
amid Western concerns it is using its nuclear and space industries to develop atomic and ballistic weapons.

32 posted on 02/03/2010 3:15:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: jhpigott

I would have thought that the little lemur would have preferred using gerbils..


33 posted on 02/03/2010 10:31:29 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Think about this scenario: An ordinary-looking freighter ship heading toward New York or Los Angeles or D.C.?
34 posted on 02/03/2010 10:46:48 PM PST by dragnet2
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