Exclusive: Semnan, Iran secret missile base.
By Gerald Internet Anthropologist Think Tank
BSU's tracking Iran's satellite, well not really, but they tracked the information.
Iran's servers are not secure.
Their recent launch is from a new site, hidden away from US satellites sharp eyes, Iran's very top secret location. Our BSU's have tracked the launch site to 35.2344N 53.9217E, southeast of Semnan, Iran.
The (tumbling) satellite weighs 25 kg and is a ( typo 400 cm cube. ) Its 40 cm cube.
25 kilograms = 55.1155655 pounds
It isn't big enough for even an EMP threat.
It is used for environmental measurements and has a GPS receiver.Iran's Satellite Stirs Nuclear ConcernsVoice of America - Feb 6, 2009
Any Iranians with info contact me at:
Semnan is reportedly the site of a ballistic missile test range and production facility, built with Chinese assistance. Iran assembles copies of the Chinese Type-83 artillery rocket, known in Iran as the Oghab, at this Chinese-built and equipped plant. According to reports published in Russia, apparently based on information developed by the Russian Federal Security Service, Semnan, located 170 km east of Tehran, is involved in the production of artillery missiles and serves as a test range for ballistic missiles. The Mushak 120 (or Iran 130) missile was put into production at the Defence Industries Organisation (DIO) facility at Semnan in early 1988.
The satellite is broadcasting it's own GPS signal. Why? The Iranians can easily access tracking data online if they want to know where their satellite is. It is now believed that the satellite is intended to return and be recovered in 2-3 months. For what reason? Heat shielding and retro-rockets add a lot of weight to the payload, and an accurate re-entry to allow recovery in Iran would be very technically challenging. Likely they want to see the effect of the launch and space environment on the payload's data processor in order to harden it.
Using a two-stage rocket to boost any payload into orbit would be a significant advance beyond the N Korean Nodong/Taepodong launchers previously used by the Iranians, with N Korean help. As the N Koreans have yet to accomplish that, it indicates that the Iranians had Chinese help, unknown until now, and not N Korean. Additionally, if a third "kicker" stage was added, payloads could be considerably larger, possibly a nuclear weapon/ICBM capability. That the Iranians have achieved far more than the N Koreans is significant and also consider that the Chinese "Long March" two stage missiles were considerably larger in order to deliver the same payload.
Looking at pictures of the Iranian Safir boosters, something new: It does not have an open interstage between the first and second stages. Both Chinese and N Korean boosters let the second stage ignite while the first stage is still accelerating, that is needed for starting liquid-fuel engines. The Safir second stage engine must use a different ignition, or a fuel that is unknown, possibly a solid fuel, that is significant.
All in all, this Iranian launch was a game changer. It will be fascinating to see if N Koreans can better their game and achieve what their former students, the Iranians, have done.
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