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Iran Launches Third Satellite
Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/2/12 | Gavriel Queenann

Posted on 02/03/2012 12:18:52 AM PST by Eleutheria5

Iranian officials announced they have successfully launched a new satellite into orbit, the latest in the Islamic Republic's space program.

Iran's state news agency IRNA said the satellite was launched Friday. It is reportedly designed to collect data on weather conditions and monitor for natural disasters.

IRNA also said the Navid, or Gospel in Farsi, weighs some 110 pounds and will orbit the earth at an altitude of up to 234 miles (375 kilometers).

Navid is the third small satellite Iran has launched in recent years. None have had a life-span of much more than a month.

It falls into a class of miniaturized or microsatellites, which are cheaper to build and allow for more inexpensive launch vehicles.

Iran also has plans to launch monkey into space, much as the United States did in the 1960's, by 2020.

Iran's space program has raised concerns because the same technology that allows missiles to launch satellites can be used to fire warheads.

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(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: economy; iran; launch; navid; oil; satellite
Houston, we have a problem.
1 posted on 02/03/2012 12:18:57 AM PST by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

Actually, Houston, we have another contractor.

The Russians are having their issues getting our people off the ISS. Perhaps the Iranians care to bid on getting US Astronauts out of space, since the most powerful nation on earth doesn’t do that any more.


2 posted on 02/03/2012 12:26:06 AM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: RinaseaofDs

Can’t you send illegal aliens? They’ll do jobs that Americans simply won’t.


3 posted on 02/03/2012 12:30:11 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Say. They launched this on Friday. What would Mad Mo say?


4 posted on 02/03/2012 12:31:16 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Only stays up for a few months?

Sounds like a decent plot for a movie. A rougue country sends 3-4 of these up over the course of a few weeks, with lifespans of a few months.

Once they are all up, tell the world that unless we are paid $2 billion for each one the nukes on them will stay armed. And let the chips fall where they may. (Would need to be a movie though, as I imagine they would burn up on reentry anyway.)


5 posted on 02/03/2012 12:31:47 AM PST by 21twelve
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To: 21twelve

Besides, weaponized uranium or plutonium are very heavy, so doubtful they could launch it.


6 posted on 02/03/2012 12:36:05 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Eleutheria5

“Can’t you send illegal aliens? They’ll do jobs that Americans simply won’t.”

Aliens?

I think I’m having an abduction flashback - probes, aliens, robes that tie in back . . .

Certain jobs should be left undone.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 12:52:52 AM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Eleutheria5
Iran also has plans to launch monkey into space, much as the United States did in the 1960's, by 2020.

I vote they send Ahmadinejad instead.

8 posted on 02/03/2012 1:20:12 AM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

Yup. They’re already there in the giant flying sombreros.


9 posted on 02/03/2012 1:29:12 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: AZLiberty
Iran also has plans to launch monkey into space, much as the United States did in the 1960's, by 2020.

I vote they send Ahmadinejad instead.

It would appear that he fits all the major Iranian Astronaut criteria for the mission.


10 posted on 02/03/2012 2:17:09 AM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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To: AZLiberty
After Mercury, the Iranians have their crew lined up for their Gemini program...


11 posted on 02/03/2012 2:20:05 AM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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To: 21twelve

2 billion Yuan GB Pounds or Swiss Franks, you mean.


12 posted on 02/03/2012 2:30:40 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: Eleutheria5
It's strange how ignorant pundits talk about the Persians "working on a missile capable of reaching the East Coast of the U.S." when they've demonstrated a third time, now, the capability of putting a payload into low Earth orbit.

Targeting will continue to be a problem of course, though that's less of a concern when the payload is a nuclear warhead (the more powerful the less the problem) - but the capacity for reaching low Earth orbit is the capacity for placing a payload anywhere on the planet.

The differences between those skills amount to quibbling.

13 posted on 02/03/2012 3:21:10 AM PST by Prospero
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To: Prospero
It's strange how ignorant pundits talk about the Persians "working on a missile capable of reaching the East Coast of the U.S." when they've demonstrated a third time, now, the capability of putting a payload into low Earth orbit.

Targeting will continue to be a problem of course, though that's less of a concern when the payload is a nuclear warhead (the more powerful the less the problem) - but the capacity for reaching low Earth orbit is the capacity for placing a payload anywhere on the planet.

The differences between those skills amount to quibbling.

you are EXACTLY right. unfortunately, the vast majority of people in the country fail to understand 'low earth orbit' includes the word 'orbit'... meaning the object circles the globe

i'd swear, if you asked the 'news' types, they would think the iranians satellite is stationary over iran

14 posted on 02/03/2012 3:37:39 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Eleutheria5
Rocket with Crescent payload ready to launch...

Israel needs to hurry up....

15 posted on 02/03/2012 3:59:59 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: sten

I agree.

Some of these guys sound like Bagdahd Bob-—”nope, they can’t do it”. As the missile comes down in their back yard.

And if that happens, watch Obama turn into a surrender monkey in five seconds.


16 posted on 02/03/2012 4:06:27 AM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Iran also has plans to launch monkey into space...

PETA will stop them!


17 posted on 02/03/2012 4:56:19 AM PST by FES0844
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To: Eleutheria5
Iran's state news agency IRNA said the satellite was launched Friday. It is reportedly designed to collect data on weather conditions and monitor for natural disasters.

They must not have internet over there.

18 posted on 02/03/2012 5:13:31 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: Eleutheria5

None have had a life-span of much more than a month.


Doesn’t sound too impressive. Of course, an EMP device only has to stay up for a few orbits.


19 posted on 02/03/2012 5:14:59 AM PST by rbg81
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To: Eleutheria5

er anyone want to explain why Panetta is warning and helping Iran by saying Israel might attack in the spring?

I can’;t see Israel happy that their plans for an attack be put out there so Europe, the UN and others can put pressure on Israel and if Israel does do this then I hope Israel does not warn this socialist muslim lover in the white house until 1 minute.
Infact forget that Israel should attack with no warning to America right on the day he and his wanna be Queen go on yet another all expense vacation with all of big bums family


20 posted on 02/03/2012 5:23:51 AM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Prospero; sten

I suspect the recent purges have removed almost all the scientists either by choice or by banning, so I will comment.

The first US nukes weighed about 10,000 pounds which is about 9,900 lbs more than this satellite. Today a sophisticated small nuke in “a suitcase” weighs about 150 lbs. and needs plutonium, not uranium. Plus a “suitcase nuke” does not have to have targeting apparatus or a reentry covering. Iran is probably is closer to the 10,000 lb nuke than the 150 lb one.

Bottom line, Iran is still a long way from having a working nuke that can be delivered by missle to the USA. They don’t even have a crude working nuke, they are nowhere close to a light weight plutonium nuke, they don’t have the missle to deliver it, they don’t have the reentry vehicle.

Still, given 2-3 years, they might be there.


21 posted on 02/03/2012 5:38:30 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Eleutheria5
Iran moves ever closer to being able to loft a large uranium nuke to 250 miles to pop us with an EMP.

It would be TEOTWAWKI.

22 posted on 02/03/2012 6:41:23 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: Eleutheria5

“It is reportedly designed to collect data on weather conditions and monitor for natural disasters. “

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If I recall from various Area 51 documentaries, that’s pretty much exactly what we said about the U2 when it was being developed...


23 posted on 02/03/2012 6:48:26 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (What if Obama isn't the anti-Christ after all? What if it's Romney?...)
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To: Vermont Lt

Obama has said that it doesn’t matter who the R’s choose to face him in the general election.

What do you think he knows?

Right now he’s staving off Israeli action by pretending like an Iranian embargo could be effective. Unless the Israelis are willing to be accused of not giving “peaceful” negotiations a chance, Obama will have pussy-footed away the critical window for Israel to do what is needed to protect the whole world.

But it buys the chance for a massive “crisis” (before the November election) to complete the final communist-Islamist takeover of America...


24 posted on 02/03/2012 7:55:21 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: rbg81

Exactly. What “natural” disaster are they expecting to monitor for the next month or so?


25 posted on 02/03/2012 7:56:11 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: staytrue

Are you accounting for the help they have probably been getting from North Korea, Syria, and/or Pakistan?

And the launching base they have in Venezuela?


26 posted on 02/03/2012 7:58:51 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: butterdezillion
“natural” disaster ?

Darth Bibi... May the force be with you (Snicker)
27 posted on 02/03/2012 8:58:12 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Eleutheria5

To monitor weather and natural disasters wouldn’t it be far less expensive to turn on the TV?


28 posted on 02/03/2012 9:41:42 AM PST by Flint
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To: RinaseaofDs
The Russians are having their issues getting our people off the ISS. Perhaps the Iranians care to bid on getting US Astronauts out of space, since the most powerful nation on earth doesn’t do that any more.

SpaceX is making incredible progress. I think they are going to have a superior, safer, and much cheaper launch capability than any government on earth.

29 posted on 02/03/2012 9:48:36 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

I agree.


30 posted on 02/03/2012 11:14:52 AM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Eleutheria5

110 pound in orbit? Plenty enough for an H-Bomb. Let me guess they are building ICBM’s for electrical power too...


31 posted on 02/03/2012 4:42:40 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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