[FPSPACE] Two articles on Iran launch...alleges launch was a failed orbital test
pjp961 at svol.net
Mon Feb 26 15:22:47 EST 2007
The article title says
Iran's first space launch rocket fails to achieve orbit
Excerpt from the article:
"..Iran has reported the firing of its first indigenous space launch
vehicle, which is capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
But officials said the SLV failed to reach space orbit.
Western analysts said Iran plans to use the SLV program to develop an
intercontinental ballistic missile. They said that any SLV capable of
carrying a 300-kilogram satellite could also deliver a nuclear warhead.."
I wonder who these un-named officials are, who are saying it was indeed an
orbital launch attempt that didn't.
But Middle East Newsline also says the same thing.
NICOSIA [MENL] -- Iran has reported the firing of its first indigenous space
Officials said the SLV, meant to probe the exoatmosphere, was constructed in
a project by the Defense Ministry and Science Ministry. They said the SLV
failed to reach space orbit.
It could be that one news service is quoting the other.
Anyone have more definitive information?
Jane's news service hasn't posted anything yet. I am waiting for that.
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