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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.

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