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Iran Readies May 23 Military Recon Satellite Launch To Monitor Israel

Iranian flag waves at the launch pad where a 72 ft. tall Safir launch vehicle is mounted. Iran has launched three spacecraft since 2009. Photo Credit: FARS

Iran is poised for the imminent launch of a Safir rocket carrying the Defense Ministry’s Fajr imaging satellite to begin tests of increasingly advanced spacecraft to [...]

North Korea and Iran Poised For High Stakes Rocket Launch

North Korean Unha-3/TD-2 rocket sits in massive service tower at the new West Sea Coast Launch Site. Note how service structure can handle a much taller and wider rocket vehicle. Photo Credit: AP

North Korea’s planned April 12 space launch of a Unha-3/Taep’o-dong-2 (TD-2) ballistic missile is as important to Iran as it is [...]

Top Secret Radar Satellite Set for Vandenberg Liftoff

Artist’s concept of the new NRO imaging radar has large circular synthetic aperture radar antenna to focus energy on targets, and large solar arrays for high power to achieve high resolution. Photo Credit: Charles P. Vick GlobalSecurity.Org

A top secret National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) imaging radar reconnaissance satellite weighing 8 tons, is planned for [...]

China’s New Digital Imaging Satellites Boost PLA Recon

China’s first high resolution ZY-1 type digital imaging spacecraft is readied for launch December 22 at Taiyuan launch site. Photo Credit: China National Space Agency (CNSA)

Data from China’s two new “ZY-1” digital imaging spacecraft indicate the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) now has access to color high resolution electro optical satellite imagery.

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India’s New Space Radar More EarthSat Than ReconSat

 

ISRO says computer graphic is true to 3,900 lb. RISAT-1 design, although it has released no pictures. Imaging radar panel is 6 x 20 ft. while solar arrays span about 40 ft. Photo Credit: ISRO

India’s new imaging radar satellite (above) is undergoing final testing prior to launch in mid April on an [...]

Military Angles Assessed After New Iranian Booster/Satellite Mission

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Before dawn on Feb. 3 Iran launched its new “Navid” imaging spacecraft into orbit using a Safir booster that can easily be converted into a Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM).  Israeli intelligence, the U.S. Strategic Command and CIA analysts are performing assessments [...]

Iran Set to Launch Large New Rocket, Repeat Fatal Monkey Mission

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad examines cutaway version of space monkey capsule like that to be used with backup monkey replacing the animal that was killed in 2011. Photo Credit: Fars

Iran is poised to begin a surge in space launch activity that will also include the first test of the large new space booster that [...]

Secret Iranian Rocket Failure Dooms Space Monkey – Iran’s President Praises Recon Sat Development

Monkeys are shown in the relatively crude and uncomfortable containers where they were to be launched and housed in space. Only one monkey was flown on the fatal flight. Photo Credit: ISNA

Iran is feeling the national impact of a major space program failure, the death of a Rhesus research monkey during Iran’s first [...]