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Russia not as willing to work with the Iranian Space Agency this time around

Despite working with the growing Iranian space program in the past, a senior Russian space official said the country won't help Iran launch another satellite into orbit any time soon.

The Russian space program helped Iran launch its Sina-1 spy satellite into orbit in 2005, which helped kick start the Iranian space program.  The country had been interested in space research development for several years prior to the 2005 launch, but didn't have the necessary technology to launch its own hardware.

Without the help of Russia, the Iranian Space Agency would have been unable to launch the 160-kilogram spy satellite into near-polar orbit, though the country now has ambitious space plans moving forward.  Since 2005, the country successfully conducted its own satellite launch, sending another spy satellite into low orbit.  

"I've had a number of meetings with various Iranian ambassadors -- I'm saying ambassadors because they change very, very frequently," Russian Federal Space Agency head Anatoly Perminov said during a recent press conference.  "They were asking me different questions, and they were making proposals; I didn't understand what they meant, and speaking honestly, I didn't find any reasonable feasible aspects in their questions."

The western world is still concerned with Russia assisting Iran with its space endeavors because launching satellites into orbit goes hand in hand with the possibility of launching long-range ballistic missiles.  After helping the country launch its first spy satellite in 2005, Russian officials vehemently denied Iran posed a threat to the world -- it seems a combination of political pressure and a new outlook of Iran has changed Russia's mind.

President Barack Obama plans to meet with Russian leaders, and one of the topics discussed will be Russia's plans to help Iran and other nations launch satellites.  Although the United States and other space nations sometimes help countries unable to launch their own space technology, helping Iran and countries deemed a threat to the world is obviously frowned upon.

Pres. Obama and other western leaders are watching North Korea closely, as it's possible Iran may call on Kim Jong-II to help launch satellites.  Scientists recently claimed North Korea has the infrastructure to launch a missile capable of hitting "Alaska, Hawaii, and roughly half of the lower 48 states."

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Russia Cooperating
By Sazabi19 on 7/1/2009 2:49:51 PM , Rating: 4
I for one am glad that Russia is trying to cooperate with the rest of the wesetern nations and refusing to do so. I am not sure just by the article if they were waiting because we would not want it (we as in many nations) or what they are thinking, but it's nice to see they are puting for effort to work as a team with us. I would love to see better relations with us and Russia and it seems as though both paraties are trying to do so.

And 1 thing, doesnt telling us that it is a spy sattelite sort of defeat the whole purpose of putting it up there?

RE: Russia Cooperating
By ClownPuncher on 7/1/2009 2:53:08 PM , Rating: 5
And 1 thing, doesnt telling us that it is a spy sattelite sort of defeat the whole purpose of putting it up there?

Not really, since it is still up there.

RE: Russia Cooperating
By Sazabi19 on 7/1/2009 3:01:47 PM , Rating: 1
lol, when we know it is a 'spy' sattelite it's not doing so much of the 'spying' as just looking. We can cover stuff up when it comes around =)

RE: Russia Cooperating
By ClownPuncher on 7/1/2009 3:52:23 PM , Rating: 5
You silly. Sina-1, their current "spy" sattelite is on a sun-synchronus polar orbit, which orbits the earth every ~90? minutes. It is not for mapping out American "sekretz" or for anything sinister (that we know of). They call it a spy satellite because it is not for communications, only observation, usually of their own country. A better term is recon.

RE: Russia Cooperating
By roykahn on 7/1/09, Rating: -1
RE: Russia Cooperating
By MrBlastman on 7/2/2009 10:57:26 AM , Rating: 2
Where is Gi Joe™ when you need them to launch into space and take out that Iranian Spy satellite? :-|

RE: Russia Cooperating
By ihova01 on 7/1/2009 3:39:34 PM , Rating: 3
Why would it want to cooperate with the western nations? Are they going to give it a candy or something? :)

They have their own thoughts.

RE: Russia Cooperating
By Sazabi19 on 7/1/09, Rating: 0
RE: Russia Cooperating
By ihova01 on 7/1/2009 4:27:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not talking about your thoughtless spy theory. I'm talking about your "cooperation" and "team" terms not making any sense either.

RE: Russia Cooperating
By kattanna on 7/1/2009 4:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
what your missing though is that those who trully want to hide from any spy sat will know its up there whether you make it public or not. ALL satellites orbits are publicly known. there is no hiding a satellite passing overhead.

RE: Russia Cooperating
By meepstone on 7/2/2009 5:39:26 AM , Rating: 1
I'm pretty sure the countries of the world are already hiding secrets from the hundreds of other spy satelittes already in orbit. You think that now, OMG Iran has a spy satelitte in orbit. lets put our secret plane in the hangar now instead of in the opening 24/7. Thats how dumb your analogy is. duh we are being watched. You just dumbed down the world with that analogy.

RE: Russia Cooperating
By stromgald30 on 7/1/2009 7:53:26 PM , Rating: 2
A 160-kg spy satellite?!? Really? Unless that's a typo or Russia gave them some amazing nano-technology, that spy satellite won't be sending anything useful back. It'll probably only be grainy, webcam-esque pictures. I doubt the US military is afraid of what Iran can pack on such a small satellite.

RE: Russia Cooperating
By Gul Westfale on 7/1/2009 8:15:24 PM , Rating: 5
And 1 thing, doesnt telling us that it is a spy sattelite sort of defeat the whole purpose of putting it up there?

Let me simplify the whole 'spy' thing for you on a level everyone should understand. If a guy in highschool 'spies' on the girls in the locker room they should get a decent show becuase the girls don't know so they do nothing to hide any... assets, missles or otherwise ;). If they know someone is watching they will cover the goods and the show will be lost. It's all about secrecy=)

you might be mildly retarded. please stay off the intarwebz.

RE: Russia Cooperating
By GodisanAtheist on 7/2/2009 12:29:06 PM , Rating: 2
Have you been around the internets recently? Its the normies that are woefully outnumbered. Its strange, anywhere you go, the idiots are always running the show...

I for one welcome our retarded overlords.

By Iketh on 7/1/2009 1:58:17 PM , Rating: 3
i smiled when i read iran and north korea teaming up. something really cute and humurous about it...

RE: awwww
By Smartless on 7/1/2009 2:37:08 PM , Rating: 5
I remember reading in the local paper about how Korea considers the settting of missle defense systems in Hawaii a hostile act. I had to laugh to myself thinking, and the aircraft carriers near Okinawa and South Korea are less threatening?

RE: awwww
By Penti on 7/2/2009 2:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
You know there were nukes in South Korea until 1991. They got a pretty impressive SAM air defense deployment though, rivaling most western nations which uses planes instead. All is pretty much reverse engineered without the help of the russians who wouldn't sell them any missile tech and they are already used as MRBM nuclear weapons carriers in Pakistan. Not that it think they got any warhead designs or re-entry vehicles ready.

RE: awwww
By CZroe on 7/1/09, Rating: 0
RE: awwww
By joos2000 on 7/2/2009 2:39:27 AM , Rating: 1
Your conspiracy theory is retarded. Attack Iraq to stabilize the region? Go back to the tard-farm.

RE: awwww
By MrPoletski on 7/2/2009 4:09:51 AM , Rating: 1
Iran has resumed working on them

I know that evidence is a lot to ask for, but where is it?

RE: awwww
By meepstone on 7/2/2009 5:45:40 AM , Rating: 2
Top imports of oil into the U.S.

1. Canada
2. Mexico
3. Saudi Arabia
4. Venezuela
5. Nigeria
6. Angola
7. Iraq

If we are invading Iraq for oil. why havent we attacked the other 6 first since we get more oil from them over Iraq. It would be more cost efficient.

Also, we don't control the oil in Iraq because it is not ours. If anything the war made the country less stable making gas prices rise and hurting ourselves. Plus pay for the war. Conspiracy theories of us going to war for oil is so thin its rediculous.

RE: awwww
By randomposter on 7/2/2009 9:42:54 AM , Rating: 3
There's a reason Bush mentioned all three together in his "Axis of Evil."

Because he's a moron?

RE: awwww
By MrBlastman on 7/2/2009 11:57:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm beginning to think that Obama is dumber - and that is hard to do!

RE: awwww
By Bubbacub on 7/1/2009 3:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
"i smiled when i read iran and north korea teaming up. something really cute and humurous about it..."

hmmmn....... (remembering harold and kumar escape from gitmo bay)

i wonder why
By jithvk on 7/2/2009 2:50:07 AM , Rating: 2
they can ask India to launch the same satellite and they will launch it half the cost. If India can launch the spy satellite of Israel, they can do the it for Iran also.

RE: i wonder why
By adder on 7/2/2009 4:51:51 AM , Rating: 2
do u think india is going to launch satellite for a country like iran.considering israel is the second biggest exporter of defense stuff to india.not to mention joint military exercises.

RE: i wonder why
By Justin Time on 7/2/2009 4:55:38 AM , Rating: 3
India assist a friend of Pakistan ??

RE: i wonder why
By crystal clear on 7/2/2009 6:21:29 AM , Rating: 2
Pakistan is like Afganistan, the govt has No control over the country outside the capital.

Pakistan's future and the safety of its nuclear arsenal is critical to the whole world.

Both could fall into the hands of the terrorist...

Pakistan could become Talibanistan anytime.....

Pakistan is no more a threat to India neither India is a threat to Pakistan,rather the threat is from within from its own people.

RE: i wonder why
By crystal clear on 7/2/2009 5:49:03 AM , Rating: 3
India has a booming trade relationship with the gulf countries plus thousands of Indians work in these countries.

Remittance from these workers goes into billions of dollars yearly.

India is a major exporter to these countries from textiles to workers(skilled & unskilled) etc.

The Indian govt dare not upset these gulf countries by doing something foolish by launching Iranian satelites.

If anybody is scared/worried about Iran,it is the ARAB world from Egypt to Saudi Arabia to the gulf states.

India has huge commercial/trade relationships with these countries.

So India will not oblige.

RE: i wonder why
By Penti on 7/2/2009 2:17:45 PM , Rating: 2
Dude they can't even buy gasoline from India anymore. They had to turn to alternative sources. There's a large deficit in refining capacity and they have to import large amounts of oil products. Debilitating not only the transportation system but obviously also stops it's expansion of oil fired power stations.

Russia to Iran
By SublimeSimplicity on 7/1/2009 3:50:49 PM , Rating: 5
Iran: Do you mind if we launch a "satellite"?

Russian: Let's get something straight. We back you because of how it rubs the US. That doesn't change the fact that you're bat-ass crazy.

RE: Russia to Iran
By Belard on 7/1/2009 4:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah... but North Korea is actually Bat Sh** crazy and Iran is... ruled by hard-line religious nuts.

N.Korea is more dangerous as they actually have a nuke or two. While Kim is a loonie, his military maybe a bit smarter to not actually use the nuke... but then again, N.Koreans are taught that Kim is their "GOD" while they eat dirt. The day N.Korea attacks S.Korea, that will be the day that Kim's hold on the country goes away and the other 600 rich families lose power.

S.Korea would take a severe pounding, thousands will be killed. If N.Korean solders started entering the south, they would think they are on another planet... what the rest of the world has LIGHTS and running water?!

NATO would be concentrating their firepower on N.Korea's military sites & the front. Doubt that China would want to get directly involved if/WHEN the North fires the first shot.

Not sure how much the modern China would care that N.Korea crumbles. They are tired of dealing with the refugees. But in the OLD days, they didn't want NATO/US Forces on their boarder. But realistically going to war against the USA is never in the best interests in China, nor visa-versa. There is nothing to gain, but plenty to lose.

N.Korea doesn't have much to lose other than control of their own people.

RE: Russia to Iran
By geekman1024 on 7/1/2009 11:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
" If N.Korean solders started entering the south,"

If that is going to happen, South Korea is gonna have a big win in the soldering contest, since they are more experienced with it.

However, if North Korea is really going to enter South Korea with their solder, I'll foresee that people are going to stop buying things from Samsung. It's terrible to find out that capacitors and resistors or even the main chips keep falling off from your cellphones.

Spy satelites
By Zingam on 7/2/2009 1:00:17 AM , Rating: 2
The best thing about spy satellites is that you can show your enemy unreal things that would make him crap his pants.

RE: Spy satelites
By GlassHouse69 on 7/2/2009 1:52:52 AM , Rating: 2
Like a live shot of me, crapping in my pants.

*Hot carl anyone?*

RE: Spy satelites
By MrPoletski on 7/2/2009 4:11:52 AM , Rating: 2
I lolled.

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