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It blasted off aboard a Russian Kosmos 3M rocket early on Thursday morning.
The satellite was built for Iran by Polyot, a Russian company based in the Siberian city of Omsk.
Director General of Iran Electronic Industries Ebrahim Mahmoudzadeh said Sina-1 was the result of years of research and 32 months of construction.
The high security communications are used by the government.
No, these are not high security sats.
The Maryland-based Iridium company denies responsibility for this week's collision between U.S. and Russian communication satellites.
The smashup of a commercial U.S. Iridium satellite and a disabled Russian craft came Tuesday about 500 miles over Siberia. Russian officials and experts say the crash has created speeding clouds of debris that threaten other unmanned spacecraft in nearby orbits.
Meanwhile, a Russian space expert wonders why U.S. satellite experts didn't prevent the crash by adjusting the working satellite's orbit. He speculates that was due to "computer failure
or a human error."
Originally posted by ngchunter
reply to post by TeslaandLyne
The military has its own secured comm sat system, iridium suppliments them but is not completely vital. Taking out every iridium sat there is wouldn't eliminate their sat phone capability by a long shot, let alone one. Here's a good article on the history of real military comm sats:
But Igor Lisov, a prominent Russian space expert, said Thursday he did not understand why NASA's debris experts and Iridium had failed to prevent the collision, since the Iridium satellite was active and its orbit could be adjusted.
"It could have been a computer failure or a human error," he said. "It also could be that they only were paying attention to smaller debris and ignoring the defunct satellites."
Lisov said the debris may threaten a large number of earth-tracking and weather satellites in similar orbits.
"There is a quite a lot of satellites in nearby orbits," he told The Associated Press. "The other 65 Iridium satellites in similar orbits will face the most serious risk, and there numerous earth-tracking and weather satellites in nearby orbits. Fragments may trigger a chain of collisions."
The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos Thursday confirmed the collision and said that it poses no threat to the International Space Station (ISS). ....
The risk of damage from Tuesday's collision is greater for the Hubble Space Telescope and Earth-observing satellites, which are in higher orbit and nearer the debris field.....
Pang Zhihao, a Chinese space expert said Thursday that the debris of the collision may pose grave danger to other spacecrafts in case they hit them.
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
Some times its not the military we have to worry about.
What if there was an inner 911 conspiracy that carried out orders
on Iridium secured phones.
The whole idea of non military secured communications by
the government via satellite phone seems even more ominous.
This is world wide secured communications for all parties involved
and makes conspiracy a piece of pie.
Why do the Russians want to knock out one LEO is probably just
practice as practice makes perfect.
Perhaps Russia does not like this secure system talking to
its citizens and causing trouble.