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cspg
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BBC News: Iran rocket claim raises tension
Iranian media say the country has successfully launched its first rocket capable of reaching space.

But officials later said it was for research and would not go into orbit.

Experts say if Iran has fired a rocket into space it would cause alarm abroad as it would mean scientists had crossed important technological barriers.

It gave few details about the rocket or its range, but said that it had carried cargo intended for research. Iran already has a civilian satellite programme but so far has relied on Russia to put its satellite into orbit.

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From Reuters:
Iran has launched a sub-orbital rocket for scientific research not a missile capable of reaching space as earlier reported, an aerospace official told an Iranian news agency on Sunday.

Ali Akbar Golrou, the executive deputy of Iran's aerospace research center, told Fars News Agency the rocket would not stay in orbit but could rise to about 150 km (94 miles) into atmosphere before falling to earth by parachute...

"What was announced by the head of the research center was the news of launching this sounding rocket," Golrou said, denying the earlier report.

So-called "sounding rockets" are often used to probe atmospheric conditions between 45 km and 160 km (28 miles and 100 miles) above the earth, between the maximum altitude of weather balloons and the minimum altitude of orbiting satellites.

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AFP: Iran launches first space centre
Iran on Monday opened a new space centre that will launch its first home-built research satellite, saying the inauguration marked another step forward in its battle against Western dominance.

A rocket was fired into space at the remote desert centre in northern Iran to mark the event, the second time the Islamic republic has attempted to fire a rocket into space.

The pictures showed the rocket heading out towards space but no information was given on what height it reached. A small probe was seen falling back to earth on a parachute but it was not clear what it contained.

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BBC News: Iran 'fires satellite into space' Iran launches satellite carrier

Iran says it has successfully launched a rocket capable of carrying its first domestically built satellite.

Officials said only the rocket had been fired, correcting state media reports that the communications satellite itself had been sent into orbit.

Tehran has pursued a space programme for years, despite international concern over its nuclear plans.

In February it sent a probe into space as part of preparations for the launch of the satellite.

As noted in the excerpt, BBC originally reported that a satellite was launched. The original excerpt follows:
Iran has launched its first domestically-manufactured satellite into orbit, reports say.

An Iranian news network, IRINN, showed footage of what it said was a communications satellite named Safir-e Omid (Hope Envoy) being launched.

The pictures were accompanied by patriotic songs and music.

Iran has pursued its own space programme for years. In February it sent a probe into space as part of preparations for this launch.

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posted 08-17-2008 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The launch vehicle was a modified single stage Shahab-3 ballistic missile (the basic technology is a derivative of the Nodung-1).

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quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
The launch vehicle was a modified single stage Shahab-3 ballistic missile...
There are many differing reports on the wires right now. For example, the AP reports:
Saturday's test of the two-stage rocket, called the Safir-e Omid, or Ambassador of Peace, was successful, state TV said, broadcasting images of the nighttime launch.

The rocket released equipment that beamed flight data back to ground control, said Reza Taghipoor, the head of Iran's Space Agency, in a live television interview.

While Reuters is reporting:
Iran put a dummy satellite into orbit on a home-grown rocket for the first time on Sunday, proving its capacity to launch satellites, the head of Iran's aerospace body said.

"The Safir satellite carrier was launched today (Sunday) and for the first time we successfully launched a dummy satellite into orbit," Reza Taghizadeh told state television.

Iranian state media had earlier wrongly reported that Iran had put a domestically made Omid (Hope) satellite into orbit.

Other wire services deny that there was a dummy satellite, and some imply there wasn't even a second-stage. Did anything enter orbit or is this all to do about nothing?

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quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
"The Safir satellite carrier was launched today (Sunday) and for the first time we successfully launched a dummy satellite into orbit," Reza Taghizadeh told state television.
The Safir is a Shahab-3 variant...

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quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
The Safir is a Shahab-3 variant...
So the Safir is then a two-stage variant of the Shabab-3...

Fars News Agency: Iran Sends First Satellite into Orbit

The satellite named Omid (Hope) has been designed and built by Iranian specialists and was orbited by an Iranian carrier rocket.

In a message issued on Sunday, the Joint Chief of Staff said the rocket carrying the country's first satellite, was successfully fired on the birth Anniversary of the last Imam of Shiites, Hazrat Mahdi, thus illustrating the auspicious name of the Imam in the space.

IRNA: Ministry confirms Safir satellite-carrier rocket launch
Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics said Friday that in presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's 'Safir' (Messenger) satellite-carrier rocket, carrying Iran's first 'Omid' (Hope) Satellite, was successfully launched into the space tentatively on Sunday.

The Ministry statement, a copy of which was made available to IRNA on Sunday, said the launch thus paved the way for placing the first Iranian satellite in orbit.

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Single stage... (video looks like a single staged system also).

I dont believe the Iranians have mastered staging ops on IRBM/SRBM platforms. This is one of the reasons ITAR enforcement is so critical... access to even late 50's US propulsion technology would represent a significant advancement to their program.

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There are photographs of the Safir rocket here.

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Ah... the pics show an extended Shahab-3 with some type of 2nd stage addition... very interesting.

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Re-reading all the reports from today and assuming there has been one or more errors in translation (due to language and/or interpretation), my guess at what actually happened was that Iran launched a functional first stage with a mock upper stage. This would account for the references to the "dummy satellite" as well as this being a test of the "satellite carrier", while also matching the photographs of the rocket that were released.

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CNN: Pentagon doubts Iranian rocket test succeeded
The Pentagon does not believe an Iranian rocket test over the weekend was successful, despite reports in the official Iranian media saying the Islamic Republic had launched its first vehicle capable of placing a satellite in orbit.

"The Iranians did not successfully launch the rocket," a senior U.S. defense official told CNN Monday.

The two-stage rocket could have been capable of launching a satellite into space, but the U.S. intelligence assessment shows that the second stage "was erratic and out of control," said the official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the intelligence.

The rocket "did not perform as designed," the official said.

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The New York Times: Iran Offers to Launch Satellites
A day after Iran declared that it had test-fired a new rocket capable of launching a satellite, the country said Monday that it was prepared to help other Muslim countries send up satellites. But by then, Pentagon and military officials in Washington were concluding that the Iranian missile launching had been a failure.

On Monday, Reza Taghipour, head of Iran's space agency, told state television: "I am announcing now that Iran is ready to launch satellites of friendly Islamic countries into space."

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Aviation Week: Radar, Satellite Data Show Iran Launch Failed
Iran's flight test of a space launch vehicle failed Aug. 17, according to radar tracking by a U.S. Navy destroyer and infrared data from U.S. Air Force Defense Support Program (DSP) missile warning spacecraft.

Key data on the failure were provided by the USS Russell, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer patrolling the Persian Gulf.

Other U.S. intelligence assets gave the Russell and missile warning satellite system advanced notice of the test, enabling extra preparation for tracking its outcome.

Although Iranian television views of the night launch of the Safir show a successful liftoff and initial climbout, radar data from the Russell and DSP infrared data show the vehicle went out of control at high altitude, never completing its ascent profile.

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BBC News: Iran makes first satellite launch
Iran says it has launched its first domestically made satellite into orbit.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the launch had been successful and that with it Iran had "officially achieved a presence in space".

The satellite, carried on a Safir-2 rocket, was meant for telecommunication and research purposes, state TV said.

...the launch of the Omid (Hope) satellite had been expected and was clearly timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, says the BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran.

Mr Ahmadinejad said the satellite was launched to spread "monotheism, peace and justice" in the world.

...last August, Iran said it had successfully launched a rocket capable of carrying its first domestically built satellite, having in February launched a low-orbit research rocket as part of preparations for the satellite launch.

That launch marked the inauguration of a new space centre, at an unidentified desert location, which included an underground control station and satellite launch pad.

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Spaceflight Now: Iran puts satellite into Earth orbit
The small Omid communications satellite was launched Monday evening aboard a Safir 2 rocket, the Fars news agency reported.

Two objects from the launch, likely the Omid satellite and part of its booster, are circling Earth in oval-shaped orbits.

The orbits range in altitude from low points of 153 miles to high points of 235 miles and 273 miles. The orbital inclination is 55.5 degrees, according to U.S. military tracking data.

Iran joins a small group of countries with the ability to build and launch their own satellites into orbit.

The former Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in October 1957. The United States followed with the successful launch of Explorer 1 in January 1958.

France, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, India and Israel later developed and successfully flew their own space launchers.

Iran is the first new space-faring nation since Israel joined the club in 1988.

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New York Times: Iran Says It Sent Animals Into Space
In what seemed designed as a display of technological advance, Iran said on Wednesday that it had fired a rocket into space carrying living organisms -- a rat, two turtles and worms, according to the official broadcaster Press TV.

The test of what was described as the Kavoshgar-3 rocket, capable of carrying satellites, came as Tehran government faced challenges on many fronts...

ISNA: Iran launches Kavoshgar 3 rocket to space
The rocket involves an empirical bio-capsule and flight computer and it is able to send telemetric data and scan and send date simultaneously.

It is also able to send pictures simultaneously to the mobile ground station, control flight computer during the process and display the bio-capsule and its living creatures...

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Reuters, citing the IRNA news agency, reports that Iran has test launched the latest version of a rocket capable of sending satellites and carrying living creatures into space.
...the Kavoshgar-4 rocket was launched on Tuesday carrying a capsule designed to contain living organisms, a test run for future launches carrying monkeys, ahead of an eventual manned space mission.

The launch aimed to test the performance of the engine, the launch pad, the capsule and electronic systems, including "data and images sent from a 120 km (75 mile) orbit," IRNA said.

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Agence France Presse (AFP) reports that Iran acknowledged Wednesday that it failed in its attempt to send a live monkey into space last month, which was touted as its first step towards launching a man into space.
"The Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live animal (a monkey) was launched during Shahrivar," an Iranian calendar month spanning August 23 to September 22, Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-Nouri was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

"However, the launch was not publicised as all of its anticipated objectives were not accomplished," Mehdinejad-Nouri told reporters.

He said the launch of a live animal into space was "strategic, and a priority," and expressed hope that future launches would attain more of the objectives set.

On October 3, Iran indefinitely postponed plans to send a live monkey into space, without giving any reasons.

"One cannot give a set date for this project and as soon as our nation's scientists announce the readiness (of the project) it will be announced," said Hamid Fazeli, head of Iran's Space Organisation.

The project envisaged launching a capsule with life support using the Kavoshgar-5 rocket to an altitude of 120 kilometres (75 miles) for a 20-minute sub-orbital flight.

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Space.com reports that Iran launched a small Earth-observing satellite into orbit today (Feb. 3), marking the country's first successful mission since a failed attempt to put a monkey in space last year, according to state news reports.
The Iranian Space Agency launched the new "Promise of Science and Industry" satellite into orbit today using a Safir 1-B rocket, according to a translation of a statement posted to the agency's Farsi-language website. Safir means "Ambassador" in Farsi.

The new Iranian satellite weighs about 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and was built by students at the Sharif University of Technology, according to a report by Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency.

According to the Iranian Space Agency, the satellite is shaped like a cube that is nearly 20 inches (50 centimeters) wide. It is circling Earth in an elliptical orbit and passes over Iran six times a day. The satellite will fly a two-month mission and is controlled via five ground stations, one each in the cities of Karaj, Tabriz, Qeshm, Bushehr and Mashhad, Iranian space officials said.

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It appears Iran has decided to play catch-up with the US and Russia in the space race.

Reportedly, the Islamic Republic is looking to send a monkey into space — and return it alive. Iran tried unsuccessfully to launch a monkey into the heavens and bring it back to earth in 2011.

This latest attempt allegedly has a 10-day window for launch, beginning January 31.

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From the BBC:
Iran says it has successfully sent a monkey into space.

The primate travelled in a Pishgam rocket, which reached an altitude of some 120km (75 miles) for a sub-orbital flight before "returning its shipment intact", the defence ministry said.

Iranian state TV showed images of the monkey, which was strapped into a harness, being taken to the rocket.

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The monkey was named Pishgam (Pioneer in Farsi), not the rocket, and the monkey being shown in some media photos is not the monkey that flew in space, the Associated Press reports.
A senior Iranian space official says one of two official photos of its famed simian space traveler depicted the wrong monkey, but that the primate really did fly up into orbit and return safely.

Mohammad Ebrahimi also told the The Associated Press the monkey's name: Pishgam, or Pioneer in Farsi. The Iranian media originally said that the "Pishgam" was the rocket which reportedly took him Monday into space and returned him to earth after 20 minutes.

Ebrahimi said Saturday that photos of two different monkeys were released by the Iranian media. One was an archive photo of a backup monkey.

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A second monkey was said to have been launched, BBC News reports.
Iran says it has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time this year as part of a programme aimed at manned space flight.

President Hassan Rouhani said the monkey - named Fargam, or Auspicious - returned from space in perfect health.

However, the success of the first monkey flight was disputed when a different animal was shown in images released after the landing.

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Orbital or Sub-Orbital?

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Suborbital. See CNN:
The launch was part of the nation's national Research Week, Iranian state news agency IRNA said.

The monkey's name is Fargam, a combination of two Farsi words "auspicious" and "luck." Fargam was launched 75 miles (120 kilometers) up into space and back in the 15-minute mission, IRNA reported.

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