Skip to comments.'New Iran rocket launch site shows NKorea links'
Posted on 03/05/2010 9:52:13 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Iran is building a new rocket launch site a short distance from an existing complex in the north of the country, and seems to be working with North Korea, information group IHS Jane's has said.
Construction visible from satellite imagery of the new site, near the city of Semnan east of Tehran, seems to suggest that Tehran has been collaborating with Pyongyang, said the London-based defence intelligence group.
Iran unveiled the Simorgh space-launch vehicle (SLV) on February 3, but had not yet publicly revealed the location of the rocket's launch complex, it reported on Friday.
But Jane's said it had observed a new launch pad four kilometres northeast of the existing Semnan site on a satellite image dated February 6, which it said could ultimately launch Tehran's next-generation Simorgh rocket.
The site includes a gantry tower which is 13 metres wide, approximately 18-20 metres tall "and has a cliff-side flame bucket nearly as high as the tower itself.
Thank you very much Son of Strangelove.
I appreciate it.
I would include Pakistan and China under the label Axis of Evil.
A Look at Iran
Thanks for reminding. Its more of a Nexus of Evil.
“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (7thL) poses with government officials underneath the Simorgh satellite rocket”
“New Iran rocket launch site shows N. Korea links: Jane’s”
(AFP) 11 hours ago
SNIPPET: “But Jane’s said it had observed a new launch pad four kilometres (6.5 miles) northeast of the existing Semnan site on a satellite image dated February 6.
The site could ultimately launch Tehran’s next-generation Simorgh rocket, it said.
Jane’s said that using satellite photographs taken on February 11, as Iran celebrated the Islamic revolution’s 31st birthday, it had identified the Simorgh and Safir-2 rockets displayed in Tehran’s Azadi Square.
The site includes a gantry tower which is 13 metres (43 feet) wide, approximately 18-20 metres tall “and has a cliff-side flame bucket nearly as high as the tower itself.”
“It appears midway towards completion,” it said...”
SNIPPET: “”The platforms seen on the new gantry tower resemble those seen on the gantry tower at North Korea’s new launch pad at Tongchang. A drainage pit 170 metres directly in front of the pad also mirrors one at Pyongyang’s new west-coast launch site.
“Similarly, the first stage of the Simorgh strongly resembles the North Korean Unha-2, with four clustered engines and nearly the same dimensions.””
Here is a real detailed close up photo and a also a less detailed image too:
Adding to post no. 14:
IHS Janes Analyses Satellite Imagery of Construction of New Launch Site in Iran
This new site is four kilometres northeast of Irans existing launch facility at Semnan. The tower is 13 metres wide, approximately 20 metres tall, and has a cliff-side flame bucket nearly as high as the tower itself. It appears midway towards completion and will facilitate launch or engine testing once functional.
Note: Photos included.
“Massive Construction Visible at Iran’s Missile & Space Center at Semnan”
Defense Update ^
Posted on December 7, 2009 3:39:49 AM PST by myknowledge
SNIPPET: “Extensive infrastructure developments are evident in the following satellite imagery, obtained by the Israeli Eros-B satellite. The images are superimposed on an earlier image, available through Google Earth, taken around 2007. Images: Background image, GoogleEarth. Inserts: Imagesat International.”
You’re welcome Jet Jaguar.
Bttt. This is an interesting development.
I’d think Israel would launch a preemptive strike any time.
From your keyboard to the divine air tasking order.