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Iran soon to launch a satellite into space

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posted on Jan, 2 2007 @ 07:54 AM

Iran Manufactures Satellite Rockets

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- An Iranian legislative official said that a satellite rocket recently made by Iranian scientists will soon have a lift-off.

I was going thru google news for iran, where I found this. i guess it's the second non-atomic 'good news', ahmadinejad promised.

Iran soon to announce that they have mastered nuke tech by launching 3000 nuke centrifuges, and then launching a sat into space, I guess we have a NUKE STATE, here.

my question is to experts in the field of BM, once you get a sat into space, how difficult is it to build an ICBM?

Keep It Real

posted on Jan, 2 2007 @ 02:29 PM
Well, you can certainly orbit a satellite without being able to build an ICBM. However, your question is difficult to answer without knowing two things:

1) How much does this satellite of Iran's weigh?
2) How much will Iran's 1st generation nukes weigh?

Iran has never tested anything more capable than a Medium-Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM), the Shahab 3; Iran is pretty secretive about their missile program, but Astronautix and FAS agree that the Shahab 3 can loft at least 1500 lbs. about 1,200 miles. Equipped with some sort of upper stage(s) the Shahab 3 would probably be capable of orbiting a satellite weighing a few hundred pounds.

The problem is that nukes tend to be heavy, especially early generation examples. The Little Boy bomb that was used against Hiroshima weighed in at 8900 lbs. That's nearly six times the Shahab 3's estimated throw weight to 1200 miles - which is less than half the distance required to be considered an ICBM. A missile isn't an ICBM until has a range of at least 5500 km (3500 miles). As far as we know Iran doesn't have anything of that caliber, at least not yet.

Iran isn't likely to be able to build (relatively) light nuclear weapons anytime soon - even the US's W87 nuclear warhead, the newest in the U.S. arsenal (that we know of), probably weighs in at ~800 lbs, if you include the re-entry vehicle. Iran's first nukes aren't going to be nearly that light. Iran has never, to the best of my knowledge, flown a missile with more than one thrust chamber, has never successfully flow a multi-stage missile, has not (yet) successfully tested a nuclear weapon, and has no experience building a re-entry vehicle for an ICBM-bourne nuclear warhead.

Additionally, Iran has no experience building a nuclear warhead able to tolerate the G-forces experienced during an ICBM launch. The fairly delicate electronic components of early U.S. and Soviet nukes - in addition to their great weight - is one reason they were designed to be dropped from bombers and not deployed on missiles.

Iran has been talking about launching a satellite for years, and will probably do so in fairly short order. However, I do not - for all the reasons listed above - see Iran building a true nuclear-armed ICBM soon (i.e. the next 5 years). I'm sure they'd like to - and they're undoubtably moving in that direction - but they're not there yet.

Of course that's all just best-guess data and my opinion.

posted on Jan, 2 2007 @ 06:21 PM
Is there more specific and detailed information on this, or more than a passing remark? Last I heard Iran paid Russia to launch some sort of LEO system for them.


[edit on 2-1-2007 by WestPoint23]

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