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Iran's New Space Program 243

Posted by Soulskill
from the surveilling-puppies-and-sunshine dept.
eldavojohn writes "Coinciding with the 32nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution, Iran opened a center to receive satellite images built 'entirely by Iranian engineers.' Iran promised that by the end of their year (March of 2011) they would launch two observational satellites: Fajr (Dawn) and Rasad-1 (Observation-1). You might recall two years ago when they launched Omid, which completed about 700 orbits in two weeks. There are reports that new launch rockets will be revealed in February to launch the new satellites — all equipment is claimed to be entirely Iranian made. Iranian media is reporting that one of the satellites 'carries remote measuring equipment that would be used in meteorology and identifying sea borders.' The Iranian Student News Agency says Explorer 4 (Kavoshgar 4) is meant to transport humans and other living organisms into space, and that the sensory on the satellites 'is able to find gas and oil resources, identify coal mines, jungles and agricultural products as well as salty-marsh and contaminated environments.' These rapid fire achievements are not the only bragging Iran has done as of late; they also claim 'new gamma radiation units for medical treatments and a supercomputer billed as among the top 500 most powerful in the world. But, fact or fiction aside, the satellites have old enemies speculating."
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  • by nimbius (983462) on Monday February 07, 2011 @04:30PM (#35129802) Homepage
    in order to iran, the islamic nation with an apparently insatiable appetite for science! I hope the pictures and data from the satellites are released publicly as well as perhaps their beacon frequencies? (to listen in on them as they traverse the skies, i know, im an amateur radio geek.)

    the medical equipment is fascinating too...are they based on any current designs? do they take advantage of any FLOSS?

    and being a tech nerd I cant wait to get specs on the new supercomputer too...are they soliciting any CPU time for college projects? what is its ultimate goal/architecture/performance metrics?

    and if you're wondering when politics plays into all of this, it doesnt. I dont care what the russians are doing, what the mullas are barking, or what the israelis are doing because this is nerd news.
  • Why all the hate? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by AtomicDevice (926814) on Monday February 07, 2011 @04:30PM (#35129808)
    Every time I read a story about technological advancement in some [non friendly to the US] nation it's always portrayed in the light of "Oh crap, dirty brown people are getting their hands on technology OMFG THEY'RE GONNA NUKE US"

    What's up with that? What possible use could a stable, financially self-sufficient nation have for nuking a much larger nation (who has a lot more nukes)? I know people like to portray them as crazies and always extract the most radical-when-translated-and-taken-out-of-context quotes about how these countries/groups of people want nothing more than to wipe Israel and the US off the map, but I find it hard to believe that the leaders of such countries have any serious plans to this effect. I'm sure it drums up some good publicity in certain mainly arab nations, but every politician likes to talk big, few like to ask a country to pay for a dangerous and expensive war with a nearby nation.

    Maybe if we worked with countries like Iran instead of just antagonizing them to the max and declaring their religious government illegitimate (even though the only reason they don't have the secular government they used to have is because we installed the shah because they weren't doing what we wanted, oops!).

    If you're feeling threatened by someone, perhaps you should examine why they don't like you - is it because you are always a dick to them? Maybe don't be such a dick? (and apologize for forcibly removing their democratic government just so you could get a bigger piece of the money cake)
  • I believe that recent military and defense transactions with "their most crazy neighbor to the south" has little to do with logic and more to do with lucrative arms deals [washingtonpost.com] that have recently been put on hold (I daresay in the interest of regional stability).

    To answer your question in a historical context I might point you to the horrible things that Russia and the United States did during the Cold War that essentially provided puppet theaters for their ideologies to be fought out. Why risk your citizens when you can show the world who's right with war and poverty in weaker nations? Wikipedia does a decent job of summing this up [wikipedia.org] but you might look up the 1953 Iranian coup d'état followed by the 1979 Iranian revolution and surmise why it would be in Russia's best interest to keep this thorn festering in the United States' side right up until today. The Soviet War in Afghanistan, the Eastern Bloc and many other actions were basically a cowardly way of Russia and the United States putting external countries in chaos to prove who was the better country in our petty capitalism versus socialism spat (and after all that everybody's implementing a little bit of both).

    Similar to the redrawing of national/political boundaries by the Allies following World War II, we (and I mean the world, US/Russian citizens, the citizens of those countries, everybody) will for a very long time feel the pain and suffering of putting such pressures on weaker nations during the Cold War.

    When you say "it's most crazy neighbor to the south," it might benefit you to consider the pressures that added to that craziness. While the blame lies entirely on no one, everybody participated. For a somewhat more even handed introduction to Iran's problems, check out the intro to Persepolis (the movie or the manga).

    You know who's really lost a lot in all of this? The Iranian citizens.
  • by CRCulver (715279) <crculver@christopherculver.com> on Monday February 07, 2011 @04:48PM (#35129998) Homepage

    I know people like to portray them as crazies and always extract the most radical-when-translated-and-taken-out-of-context quotes about how these countries/groups of people want nothing more than to wipe Israel and the US off the map, but I find it hard to believe that the leaders of such countries have any serious plans to this effect. I'm sure it drums up some good publicity in certain mainly arab nations, but every politician likes to talk big, few like to ask a country to pay for a dangerous and expensive war with a nearby nation.

    Iran has been bankrolling Hezbollah for years and years now. I agree that starting a nuclear war isn't very likely, but the Iranian regime has gone beyond mere rhetoric into driving violence.

  • by Smauler (915644) on Monday February 07, 2011 @04:49PM (#35130018)

    Iran is not crazy. I'm not sure where you got that idea from. The government is pretty hard line in some instances, but the populace isn't generally. In my opinion crazy is starting wars.

  • by Wyatt Earp (1029) on Monday February 07, 2011 @06:08PM (#35130918)

    Be a single woman in western business attire who is alone. Walk past the White House. Now do the same in Tehran's Grand Bazaar and let us know how that works out for you.

    Or, organize a women's rights march in Washington DC, then try the same in Tehran.

    The summary for this story says it all.

    http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/iran/ [pbs.org]

    "FRONTLINE/World reporter Jane Kokan talks about clandestinely filming the story that got her colleague beaten to death." Beaten to death for filming a story about opposition movements in Iran.

    How many people in the United States were beaten to death or shot for protesting the election of George Bush in 2004 or the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? None.

    How many people in Iran were beaten to death or shot for protesting the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009? 30 officially, 80 claimed.

  • by Max Littlemore (1001285) on Monday February 07, 2011 @06:54PM (#35131386)

    And, when you're talking about countries and how they interact, you're talking about the Government of that country.

    If that's the case, the USA has been crazy for over 50 years.

    I mean, I know /. is an american site and has an unashamedly american bias, but this shit is just ridiculous. Iran is less of a threat to the world than the USA is. The USA has shown time and time again that they are prepared to start wars, meddle in other countries internal affairs, kidnap civilians, ignore international law or force countries to sign treaties saying US citizens will not be subject to international law, etc, etc, etc.

    What has Iran actually done? Sure the government says a bunch of stuff, but what do they actually do? And before you spout off some crap about the threat of war with the US stopping them doing anything, I put it to you that the only reason they say all of those stupid things is the threat of war with the US and that abominable criminal organisation that people call Israel.

    listening to any speech of Ahmadinejad, and you're forced to wonder if the man is even lucid.

    I wonder about that. Do you speak Persian? Who does the translation? And by the way, the same could be said for any number of your political figures. Your current president sounds reasonably lucid, but the one before? Why was he not put down? I'm a native english speaker and even I had trouble understanding how so many could allow such a buffoon into a position of power.

    Tell you what, you shoot/hang/bury alive all of the idiots in your country that think a foreign citizen has committed treason (WTF!?!?!) by publishing information leaked by one of your own citizens and then we can talk. Until then, you may as well suck up that propaganda and I'll just keep spitting it back out all over idiots who think it's digestible.

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