As more nations enter space, the head of the Iran Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO) announced the country’s plans to send an astronaut into space within the next 10 years. Reza Taghipour announced the AIO will outline specific goals within the next six months, and said sending a man to space is "one of the country's priorities for the next 10 years."
"In accordance with a program we have developed, by 2021 Iran is to become the leading space power in the region," Taghipour announced during a press conference.
To prepare for its ambitious space program, the country will launch several domestic satellites into orbit in the next two years. The satellites will help provide natural disaster management, telecommunications and other basic uses. The Iranian space technology has been created mainly in-house, with the nation specifically focused on creating rockets able to carry satellites into orbit.
Iran recently claimed it launched a dummy satellite into orbit, but several nations, including the U.S., said the test was unsuccessful. Many nations are already concerned about a growing Iranian nuclear program, and a successful satellite launch will only add to concerns from the U.S., Great Britain, and other nations. Specifically, President Bush and U.S. military experts have shown concern that the rocket technology to launch satellites could be converted for possible military use, although Iranian space officials downplayed these concerns.
Only a small handful of nations have successfully launched satellites into orbit on their own, with regional rival India recently joining the select group. Furthermore, only the U.S., China and Russia have been able to launch manned missions on their own, however, India and Japan also have plans to launch manned missions in the future.
Iran has been working on its space program for the past few years, although has not had much to show for the program as of yet.
quote: "In accordance with a program we have developed, by 2021 Iran is to become the leading space power in the region,"
quote: Guantanamo hold prisoners of war not political prisoners.
quote: Anyway what if it's a ploy. Who is to say what Iran is allowed to do or not do as long as it's not waging war.
quote: Western nations typically develop weapons for defense
quote: I don't think *any action* justifies retaliation that results in the loss of life that followed from that initial action.
quote: While I will agree that Pearl Harbor was the initial act of aggression from the Japanese in relation to the US, I don't think *any action* justifies retaliation that results in the loss of life that followed from that initial action.
quote: What are you saying, that we should have let Japan hit us and say OK? We're not supposed to retaliate?
quote: Also why didn't the US demonstrate the bomb on some deserted island. Surely that would have made an impression and it's not like the US had not all ready demonstrated that killing lots of civilians was not an option.
quote: Notice how the first attacks was against urban areas and then only after having killed more than 100,000 people and destroyed more than 30% of the buildings did military targets come on the list!
quote: It was the most hardcore and destructive offense to end the war as soon as possible.
quote: Considering almost everyone who was involved with the making and dropping of the bomb consider it to be their biggest mistake, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone other than ignorant armchair strategists (and fools who have never seen war) that agree with your statements.
quote: This is so far from true that I have to step in
quote: As for the scientists who worked on the Manhattan project, very few expressed any regrets.
quote: However, if you drop the bomb, or even give the order to drop it, if you have a normal human conscience, then you will view yourself, even if only in part, as responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of lives, and that would, at least for me, ruin the rest of my life from guilt
quote: you'd be hard pressed to find anyone other than ignorant armchair strategists (and fools who have never seen war) that agree with your statements.
quote: ties to terrorists(what terrorist. Bin Laden is not from Iraq)
quote: Palestinian are already in control of there land
quote: I get my news from all over meaning local danish news, BBC World, Jerusalem Post (not everyday but often), CNN... Fox, not so much as it's is VERY biased so that is more like a sort of entertainment just like The Daily Show.
quote: As for knowledge. I get my news from all over meaning local danish news, BBC World, Jerusalem Post (not everyday but often), CNN... Fox, not so much as it's is VERY biased so that is more like a sort of entertainment just like The Daily Show.
quote: Sure you can throw in a few names of Russian made gizmo's but it's not like they can be used for any real attack on Israel.
quote: The freedom fighters of WWII sure as hell did not fight fair and it's not like the Israeli are any less worse than the Nazi.
quote: Dude, since the US is pretty much outside their range anyways.
quote: If the title was "United States Plans to Launch Astronaut Into Space in Next 10 Years", it wouldn't be news. The technology to send an astronaut into space has been around for decades. But replace "United States" with "Iran", and all of a sudden it's newsworthy, not because of the technology, but because of the country.
quote: Yet again a thread with no new technology - only a place for more political opinions being expressed.
quote: Hopefully either President McCain or Obama will declare war on this country soon.
quote: Iran will probably be the country that starts World War Three...Islamists + Nuclear ICBM= Death of all us so called infidels...Iran wants to have the capability to strike the US..hopefully the US will park their missile defence shield in Iraq to make the terrorists in Iran to think again. Hopefully either President McCain or Obama will declare war on this country soon. My two cents...