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Iranian Alert - September 24 - Iran to Launch Spy Satellite By the End of September
Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.24.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 09/24/2005 10:34:13 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

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Iran to Launch Spy Satellite By the End of September

By the end of September a Russian Cosmos 3 missile will be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome 800 km north of Moscow, carrying two Iranian satellites into orbit. Although the satellites are claimed to be for meteorological and experimental purposes, experts believe that one of them will possess surveillance capabilities allowing it to observe American and Israeli military facilities throughout the Middle East.

More importantly, experts believe that the Iranian space program serves as a cover for developing more advanced long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Besides its nuclear ambitions and the discovery of its purchase of long-range cruise missiles from the Ukraine, recent reports indicate that Iran might be only days away from launching a spy satellite into orbit. The Iranian military space program was revealed to the world back in 1998 when the Iranian Minister of Defense claimed that the next Iranian missile, known as the Shihab-4, would have the ability to launch payloads into orbit. Since then some intelligence sources have speculated that Iran might have abandoned the Shihab-4 development in favor of a more advanced Shihab-5 launch vehicle. Be that as it may, the Iranian inspiration to launch their own satellite into orbit continued to motivate it in the following years.

Although Iran has a relatively advanced military research and development program of its own, it still falls short of the technological level required for an independent space program. As in the case of its nuclear and long-range missile programs, Iran turned to countries which assisted her in developing its military capability in the past including Russia, China and North Korea. These countries are currently involved at different levels in the Iranian space program and in particular in the development of the booster which will probably be a derivative of the Shihab ballistic missile. However, the current launch, planned for late September 2005, will not be performed using a native Iranian launcher but rather by a Russian Cosmos 3 launch vehicle.

The Iranian Satellite to be launched called the Mesbah, which literally means “lantern,” has been in the works for the last eight years and reached maturity after collaboration between Iranian and Italian engineers. The Italian company Carlo Gavazzi Space (CGS), who assisted in the Iranian space effort

to develop the Mesbah also contributed extensive knowledge to its partners and as a result, Iranian officials have been quoted as being optimistic regarding their ability to independently launch more advanced satellites in the next several years.

The 65-75kg Mesbah will, according official Iranian sources, be used as a tool for collecting data on ground and water resources and meteorological conditions, and will also be used to control power supply systems and pipelines. However, various intelligence sources report that the satellite will also have limited surveillance capabilities and will be used by Iran to gather intelligence information on neighboring countries including American bases in Iraq, the Gulf and Israel. The satellite is expected to remain in orbit for three years and some experts say it will be able to continue operations for up to five years. Along side the Mesbah, the Russian Cosmos 3 will reportedly launch a smaller Iranian satellite named Sinah-1. This 20kg domestically made satellite was meant to be launched using Iran's own launcher as a technology demonstrator, but for unknown reasons will eventually be launched using the Russian booster.

Nations around the world have raised concern regarding the ongoing efforts by the Iranian government to acquire advanced military capabilities including independent satellite launching capabilities which are directly linked to the development of its ballistic missile program. Tal Inbar, senior research fellow at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, told IsraCast that the development of the Iranian space program will allow Iran to continue the development of its long-range ballistic missile program surpassing the watchful eye the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the organization in charged of preventing the proliferation of missile technology. Technologies that accompany the development of satellites such as micro electronics can also be used as a cover for the development of small size nuclear weapons which will fit the advanced version of the Shihab missile, says Inbar.

The Outer Space Treaty and anti satellite weapons

In October 1967, the "Outer Space Treaty" was entered into force calling for, among other things, nations to preclude from military activity in space and in particular from placing and using weapons of mass destruction in outer space. While the interpretation of the treaty ranges from absolutely no military activities in space to allowing activities that are passive in nature, the result is that military activities are curtailed and limit space as a realm for employing national security activities.

Regardless of the treaty, several countries began seeking different ways to neutralize what they considered the threat from above. The Cold War was the breeding ground for wild ideas, many of which were worthy of science fiction. During a certain period of the Cold War the U.S. was actively testing nuclear weapons as a means of destroying enemy satellites in orbit. The Soviets were also developing various anti satellite systems including a "suicide satellite" that remains dormant until called into action to intercept an enemy satellite by crashing into it. In the late 70's the U.S. started the Anti-Satellite Missile project (aka ASAT). Launched from a modified F-15A in high-altitude supersonic climb the ASAT two-stage missile was able to reach targets as high as 560km and above.

On September 13, 1985, the first and only destruction of a satellite by an American air-launched missile occurred, when an F-15A launched an ASAT against the American solar observatory satellite "P78-1" in a 600 km (375 mile) orbit. Although the satellite was beyond its designed life-time, it was still working and its destruction led to some protests by scientists.

Although the U.S. Air Force planned to purchase a large number of ASAT missiles, the project was terminated in 1988 partly due to political reasons because of concern that the ASAT might violate treaties regarding the military use of space. In recent years other so called "hard kill” methods for destroying satellites were suggested including lasers, Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) bombs and other high energy weapons.

Although these methods might have been useful as a last resort in an all-out conflict, there are many reasons why a country might prefer a "softer" approach to neutralizing satellites. By using electronic warfare it is possible to block the communication lines between the satellite and its base station. It is an open secret in the commercial communication satellite world that a ground station can be used to jam another communication satellite, something that happens by accident on a semi-regular basis. It is also theoretically possible to hijack a satellite by breaking into its secure communication with its ground station and rerouting it. Another soft option that was suggested was using lasers to blind the optical equipment on a satellite thus temporarily disabling its ability to observe a specific area.

  • Iran Press News reported that the Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Rahim Safavi said: The enemy better comprehend that the regime is not solely a regional power but a world power.
  • Iran Press News reported that Mullah Emami-Kashani said: we highly recommend that these Americans come to their senses soon and not embarrass themselves anymore in front of the world. He added: Western youth are depraved and sinister.
  • Iran Press News reported that Mullah Ahmad Alam-Alhadi said: women must be cast down for improper veiling and those whose one strand of hair even is seen by an unfamiliar male are a tool of the enemy.
  • Louis Charbonneau and Francois Murphy, Reuters reported that the EU powers demand UN report over Iran atomic plans.
  • SMCCDI reported that the Islamic regime admits to arresting over 12,000 people in Tehran this month.
  • The Washington Post reported that Iran has the highest proportion of opiate addicts in the world and some claim the government is encouraging drug use.
  • ABC News reported that the European Union has submitted a resolution to the U.N. nuclear watchdog requiring the agency's board to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council.
  • Dow Jones Newswires reported that Iran's allies urged it to compromise Friday in an effort to blunt a U.S. backed European push to refer the country to the U.N. Security Council.
  • And finally, Michael Ledeen, The National Review provided a review of under-reported news on Iran and explains why the regime is being so aggressive lately.

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1 posted on 09/24/2005 10:34:23 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 09/24/2005 10:36:01 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
PULL ! ! !

3 posted on 09/24/2005 10:46:53 PM PDT by Flavius
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To: DoctorZIn

Do the mullahs really believe they can win a nuclear war against US?

4 posted on 09/25/2005 2:25:25 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: DoctorZIn

News Release

September 15, 2005

CHICAGO — A suburban Los Angeles sales director for a manufacturing company pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to violating the Iranian Transaction Regulations by attempting to illegally send a banned product to Iran, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Juan Sevilla, 54, of Gardena, Calif., pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count of violating customs and commerce export regulations under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Sevilla was previously director of international sales for United Calibration Corp., of Huntington Beach, Calif., which manufactures universal testing systems and related software technologies. Sevilla was first charged in February 2004 when he was arrested on a criminal complaint.

According to the indictment, between Oct. 27, 2003, and Feb. 19, 2004, Sevilla attempted to export a United Computer Inclusive Hydraulic Floor Model Testing Machine from California through Chicago, ultimately destined for Iran, which violates the U.S. export embargo to that country. The machine tests the tensile strength of steel. Neither Sevilla nor United Calibration had government authorization to export the product to Iran.

“Exporting sensitive technology is controlled for good reason,” said ICE Special Agent-in-Charge Elissa A. Brown. “Keeping sensitive U.S. technology and software from falling into the wrong hands is a high priority for ICE and the Department of Homeland Security.”

The U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security also assisted in the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Collins prosecuted this case for the government. Sevilla faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

5 posted on 09/25/2005 4:53:34 AM PDT by Calpernia (
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6 posted on 09/25/2005 4:54:03 AM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: DoctorZIn

"Another soft option that was suggested was using lasers to blind the optical equipment on a satellite thus temporarily disabling its ability to observe a specific area."

Let them waste their "Sputnik" money.

7 posted on 09/25/2005 5:02:56 AM PDT by ryan71 (Speak softly and carry a BIG STICK)
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To: ryan71

Exactly. Zap the satellite with a laser.

8 posted on 09/25/2005 5:05:08 AM PDT by hershey
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To: M. Espinola
Do the mullahs really believe they can win a nuclear war against US?

No, they only want one they can detonate in Tel-Aviv.

9 posted on 09/25/2005 5:06:57 AM PDT by libertylover (Liberal: A blatant liar who likes to spend other people's money.)
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To: libertylover
"No, they only want one they can detonate in Tel-Aviv."

The Mullahs have previously stated two of their nukes would destroy Israel. The Mullah elite are nine cents short of dime.

Israel is well aware of the clear & present threats, however the best possible solution would joint allied action, in relation to either Israel or the US acting unilaterally. Hopefully some of our other allies who recognize Iran's nuclear danger to the world, will also unify in resolving this issue one way or the other.

Meet the Mullahs

10 posted on 09/25/2005 5:37:03 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: DoctorZIn

I read an article awhile back, by some "higher up" in our military that said the U.S. WILL have supremacy in the satellite/space frontier. So, IF these satellites actually make it into space, I'm not all that concerned. Nevertheless, Iran is a continuing cancer that seems to be increasing at an alarming rate. I thought it was just me, hearing the alarms going off on Iran, but the Michael Ledeen article posted at your Blog is total confirmation. While we wait on the EU3stooges to tickle the IAEA's fancy, Iran is quickly preparing to nuke the whole world for Allah. Michael's article is a must read!

11 posted on 09/25/2005 8:51:42 AM PDT by Reborn
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To: Reborn
got a link to Mike's article?
12 posted on 09/25/2005 10:03:01 AM PDT by Edgerunner (Proud to be an infidel)
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To: Edgerunner
Here ya go....a MUST READ!

It can also be found at DoctorZIn's Blog. :-)

13 posted on 09/25/2005 1:29:39 PM PDT by Reborn
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To: M. Espinola; DoctorZIn
Do the mullahs really believe they can win a nuclear war against US?

They should be squashed while they are still just a bug.

14 posted on 09/25/2005 1:55:15 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: M. Espinola

What? No "Ayatollah of Rock 'n Rolla"? Is he chopped liver?

15 posted on 09/25/2005 7:29:22 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty; EGPWS
I fully agree the longer we delay in confronting the Iranian nuclear threat, which clearly implies assisting in the overthrow of the mullah régime, the higher the risks for the entire world.

In terms of the Jr Ayatollahs, we should send them into permanent orbit inside the satellite with a one way ticket. :)

16 posted on 09/25/2005 8:11:38 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: DoctorZIn
To read today’s thread click here.

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17 posted on 09/26/2005 4:00:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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