[FPSPACE] Iran May Launch Its Own Spy Sat
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Wed Feb 7 22:20:56 EST 2007
Iran May Launch Its Own Spy Sat
The Iranians will use the BM25 ballistic missile as their launch vehicle.
by Martin Sieff
UPI Senior News Analyst
Washington (UPI) Feb 07, 2007
Is Iran about to put a spy in the sky? The Israeli debka.com Web site, which
maintains a wide circle of sources within Israeli intelligence, has claimed
that Tehran may soon launch its own surveillance satellite. The booster
vehicle would be a BM25 ballistic missile, "18 of which were purchased from
North Korea, notwithstanding Pyongyang's denials of aid to Iran's nuclear
program," Debka said in a report published Jan. 28.
Allaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament's national security
and foreign policy commission, claimed last month that Iran had already
constructed its own surveillance satellite and that it had already
"converted a ballistic missile into a space launcher," Debka said.
"If this claim is correct, then Iran has a launcher able to put 300
kilograms (660 pounds) into earth orbit -- and by the same definition, an
ICBM that could drop more than 300 kilograms anywhere in the world,
including Washington DC," Debka said.
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