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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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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.

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