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Massive Construction Visible at Iran's Missile & Space Center at Semnan

Extensive infrastructure developments are evident in the following satellite imagery, obtained by the Israeli Eros-B satellite. The images are superimposed on an earlier image, available through Google Earth, taken around 2007. Images: Background image, GoogleEarth. Inserts: Imagesat International.





The Safir satellite launcher erected, ready to launch from the active launch pad at Semnan. Photo: Imagesat.


Another new facility at Semnan is the missile integration center, where payloads are fitted to the missile. (such as the Omid satellite launched earlier this year). Photo: Imagesat



Another new facility at Semnan is the missile integration center, where payloads are fitted to the missile. (such as the Omid satellite launched earlier this year). Photo: Imagesat

East of the active site, the Iranians are constructing a new facility that could be supporting the Iranian solid rocket propulsion development, associated with the Sejjil and Ashura missiles or even larger missiles. Another site, prepared few kilometers south of the new construction area seems to be abandoned. Photo: Imagesat.



Above: Another image, taken 27 November, 2009 showing the construction progress at the site, with a siezable gantry tower constructed at the launch site, with an associated launch pad, and fully constructed flame bucket diverting the missile's exhaust gases from the hillside. The launch site is linked through separate tubing, to a nearby, sheltered underground facility located at the upper left hillside. A bew construction located close to the launcher, shown at the lower righth side of the picture, could be a protected observation site to be provided with video and recording systems. (Photo: Imagesat)

http://www.defense-update.com/photos/semnan_space_center_200509.html#2

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Plug these coords into Google Maps:  35.234440° N, 53.920798°E

Article: http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/2589/google-_finally_-shows-iri-space-center#comment

I think it may be cool to create a dedicated section to Iran's space activities.  Obviously very important topic and important progress by the IRI.

Mamdali

(Note:  I hope I'm being redundant by saying that given the state of misinformation and factless and unsupported content that is rife on the 'internet' today, naturally, I cannot endorse, believe, support, or accept any of links posted by me or others.  I personally find them interesting, however, as they open new perspectives for me.  I leave it to the reader to glean what they can or want from them).

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Mamdali,

As you can see, there is such a thread! I moved your post.



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Excellent, thanks!  I didn't see these before.   I was wondering perhaps this subject is worthy to being promoted to a 'first order' section as opposed to an embedded section in 'Air Forces' at some point?

Thanks!

Mamdali

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Mamdali,

We are working on some new ideas.

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Got it.  Taxonomies are always tough.  But you guys are doing a bang up job.  Good work!

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Collection of Iran SLV technology photos:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Omid


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Janes reported there is a new launch pad approximately '4 miles north east' of the Semnan Space Center (35.234440° N, 53.920798°E).  I looked and there is a complex at 35.258419,53.954646.  But to my inexperienced eyes, I can't say if it is indeed a new launch pad-although there is a pretty tall gantry-like structure there.   Then there is a bunch of buildings here at 35.244322,53.934803.

Update:  Confirmed.  Here is indeed the new launch pad and image from IHS from one angle: http://press.ihs.com/photo_display.cfm?photo_id=373 which I'm pretty sure matches Google's image at 35.258419,53.954646 from another angle.  Great imagery from two different angles.

This is tremendous!

Mamdali
Last Edit: March 06, 2010, 05:14:04 AM by mamdali

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Well that makes sense..the Structure N. Korea had to build for the Unha-2 (similar to Simorgh but a little bigger) was also fairly extensive...

Here is a pic of the Structure for the Unha-2:
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Another picture from the launchpad a half year ago (not very HD though}
BTW i didnt realize what it so tremendous?
To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand held weapons is a inspiration to those who love freedom. Their courage teaches us a great lesson-- that there are things in this world worth defending !!!

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What a huge facility indeed.


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Another picture from the launchpad a half year ago (not very HD though}
BTW i didnt realize what it so tremendous?


I meant tremendous progress.   The space program is of huge strategic significance and the pace of progress is impressive.  These must be exciting times for Iranian scientists and engineers.

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Last Edit: March 06, 2010, 02:51:45 PM by mamdali

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New Iran rocket launch site shows NKorea links


5 March 2010 LONDON - Iran is building a new rocket launch site a short distance from an existing complex in the north of the country, and seems to be working with North Korea, information group IHS Jane’s said Friday.

Construction visible from satellite imagery of the new site, near the city of Semnan east of Tehran, seems to suggest that Tehran has been collaborating with Pyongyang, said the London-based defence intelligence group.
Iran unveiled the Simorgh space-launch vehicle (SLV) on February 3, but had not yet publicly revealed the location of the rocket’s launch complex, it reported.
But Jane’s said it had observed a new launch pad four kilometres (6.5 miles) northeast of the existing Semnan site on a satellite image dated February 6, which it said could ultimately launch Tehran’s next-generation Simorgh rocket.
The site includes a gantry tower which is 13 metres (43 feet) wide, approximately 18-20 metres tall “and has a cliff-side flame bucket nearly as high as the tower itself.
“It appears midway towards completion,” it said, adding that the launch pad could easily accommodate the 27-metre (89 foot) Simorgh if the gantry were to be extended by an additional 10 metres (33 feet).
And it added: “The development of the Semnan facility and the Simorgh SLV both demonstrate the likelihood of collaboration with North Korea in Iran’s missile programme.
“The platforms seen on the new gantry tower resemble those seen on the gantry tower at North Korea’s new launch pad at Tongchang. A drainage pit 170 metres directly in front of the pad also mirrors one at Pyongyang’s new west-coast launch site.
“Similarly, the first stage of the Simorgh strongly resembles the North Korean Unha-2, with four clustered engines and nearly the same dimensions.”
The respected information group concluded that Iran appears to be forging ahead with developing its missile and rocket capabilities despite US-led diplomatic pressure including threats of new UN sanctions.
“Given these investments in its missile infrastructure, and despite the United States attempting to garner support for further sanctions against Iran for its nuclear programme, Tehran appears determined to continue developing its missile and rocket capabilities in the foreseeable future,” it said.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/March/international_March216.xml&section=international&col=

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is this a new launching pad close to the 1st one under construction,
note picture is from oct 9 2009
  

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looks good

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is this a new launching pad close to the 1st one under construction,
note picture is from oct 9 2009

There is nothoing related to launch pad in the area marked by the red circle.

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Iran to establish national satellite launch base
Fri Feb 3, 2012 6:3AM GMT

Head of Iran's Space Agency (ISA) says the Islamic Republic plans to establish a national satellite launch base with the cooperation of the country's Defense Ministry.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the cabinet to review and ratify the plan and the required budget has been allocated to this end, Hamid Fazeli said on Thursday.

Fazeli added that the southeastern region of the country is the safest place to establish the base, citing it is adjacent to the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean and it has a low population.

Earlier in January, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Tehran plans to launch a satellite into space during the Ten Days of Dawn (February 1-10) celebrations, marking the 33th anniversary of the 1978 victory of Iran's Islamic Revolution.

On November 12, Vahidi announced that Iran is set to launch into space three domestically manufactured satellites dubbed Fajr (Dawn), Navid (Harbinger) and Tolou (Rise) in the course of the current and the next Iranian calendar years.

The current Iranian calendar year ends on March 19.

Iran's aerospace officials had previously spoken of the 2012 launch of Zafar (Triumph) -- another satellite that weighs 90 kilograms and is scheduled to revolve around the globe in an elliptical orbit of 500 kilometers.

Iran launched its first domestically-produced satellite Omid (Hope) in 2009, an endeavor which made it the ninth country having the capability to launch satellites.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of the Outer Space, which was established in 1959.

Tehran also plans to launch the country's first manned mission into space by 2019.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/224597.html

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That is interesting news. Iran was already working on a much larger space launch base not too far from the current one.

With this announcement, Iran will have three launch sites.


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That is interesting news. Iran was already working on a much larger space launch base not too far from the current one.

With this announcement, Iran will have three launch sites.


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maby they mean that. they just anounced publicly. maby its just the second. russia does not have 3 space ports we dont need that many.
Iran Khodro largest auto maker in larger middle east

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWwHIPoQdw8&list=UUMF4vfECnuAPAfW0s6lMpyg&index=1&feature=plcp

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this is the fixed video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn-T-5k0_4E&list=UUMF4vfECnuAPAfW0s6lMpyg&index=1

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maby they mean that. they just anounced publicly. maby its just the second. russia does not have 3 space ports we dont need that many.

Beg to differ, we would need more incase any acts of sabotage by foreign powers.

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Ahmad Vahidi announced Iran is builiding new satellite launching base with capability to launch 1000 kg satellites into 1000 km altitude orbits.
He added the project has progressed 75%  till now and we hope to finish the project next year.
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ساخت پایگاه پرتاب ماهواره یک تنی در ایران
وزير دفاع و پشتيباني نيروهاي مسلح با اعلام راه‌اندازي فاز اول سامانه رصد ماهواره‌اي در آينده‌اي نزديك از ساخت پايگاه پرتاب جديد با قابليت پرتاب ماهواره‌هايي به وزن يك تن تا سال آينده خبر داد.
به گزارش مشرق به نقل از ایسنا، سردار احمد وحيدي در مراسم گراميداشت روز فناوري فضايي، كه صبح امروز در هتل المپيك برگزار شد، با بيان اين مطلب گفت: پايگاه پرتاب جديد ماهواره قادر است ماهواره‌هايي را به وزن يك تن در مدار يك هزاركيلومتري قرار دهد.

وي گفت: تقريبا سه چهارم كارساخت اين پايگاه انجام شده كه اميدواريم در سال آينده كامل شود چرا كه پاسخگوي بسياري از نيازهاي فضايي كشور خواهد بود.

وي همچنين از راه‌اندازي پايگاه تست موتورهاي فضايي كه به همت دانشمندان فضايي كشور ساخته شده است در آينده‌اي نزديك خبر داد.

وزير دفاع و پشتيباني نيروهاي مسلح با بيان اينكه ماهواره‌بر سيمرغ، ماهواره طلوع را به فضا پرتاب خواهد كرد، خاطرنشان كرد: اميدواريم سال آينده با تكميل ماهواره‌بر سيمرغ بتوان ماهواره طلوع را به فضا پرتاب كرد.

وي درباره مشخصات ماهواره طلوع گفت: اين ماهواره بين 90تا 100 كيلوگرم وزن دارد كه به مدار 500 كيلومتري پرتاب خواهد شد.

به گفته سردار وحيدي، مدار 600 كيلومتري يكي از بهترين مدارها براي استقرار ماهواره‌ها است چرا كه اختلالات تششعي در اين موقعيت مداري بسيار كم است.

وي با اشاره به كسب فناوري‌هاي مختلف در حوزه فضايي توسط دانشمندان كشور گفت: كسب دانش فني استفاده از سلولهاي خورشيدي در ماهواره‌ها بومي‌سازي برخي مواد اوليه پركاربرد در ماهواره‌ها است و طراحي و ساخت تراستر ماهواره از جمله موفقيت‌هاي دانشمندان كشور در حوزه فناوري‌هاي فضايي است.

وي با اشاره به طراحي و ساخت ماهواره فجر گفت: اين ماهواره توسط سازمان صنايع الكترونيك ساخته شده كه اميدواريم در چند ماه آينده به فضا پرتاب شود.

وحيدي ادامه داد: ماهواره فجر مجهز به تراستر ماهواره‌اي است كه اين امكان را مي‌دهد تا ماهواره در فضاي خلاء بتواند تغيير موقعيت مداري بدهد. كسب اين فناوري اين امكان را به ايران مي‌دهد كه با استقرار ماهواره‌هاي خود در مدار پارك از طريق آن ماهواره‌هايي به مدار 36 هزار كيلومتر برساند.

وزير دفاع و پشتيباني نيروهاي مسلح با اشاره به راه‌اندازي فاز اول سامانه رصد ماهواره‌اي در آينده‌اي نزديك گفت: اين سامانه قابليت كشف و شناسايي ماهواره‌ها ، تاييد مداري ماهواره‌ها، تاييد صحت عملكرد مكانيزم‌ها، تثبيت مداري ماهواره‌ها، تغيير در سناريو عملياتي ماهواره‌ها، كشف ماهواره‌هاي مستقر در مدار و پيش‌بيني زمان عبور ماهواره فراز كشور را دارد.

به گفته وي سازمان صنايع الكترونيك وزارت دفاع موفق به ساخت سامانه رصد ماهواره‌اي شده است.

وي با اشاره به ماهواره‌بر سفير 1B كه ماهواره نويد علم و صنعت را در هفته گذشته به فضا پرتاب كرد، گفت: ماهواره‌بر سفير1B ماهواره‌بر جديد دانشمندان كشور است كه در اولين پرتاب خود توانست ماهواره نويد علم و صنعت را كه به دست متخصصان دانشگاه علم و صنعت ساخته شده بود، در مدار قرار دهد.

وي در خصوص ويژگي‌هاي ماهواره‌بر سفير1B گفت: اين ماهواره‌بر مي‌تواند ماهواره‌ مصباح را كه سالهاست كشور ايتاليا براي پرتاب آن مشكل درست كرده است به فضا پرتاب كند.

وي افزود: ماهواره مصباح 65 كيلو وزن داشت كه ماهواره‌بر سفير1B به راحتي مي‌تواند آن را در مدار قرار دهد البته اين موضوع به اين معني است كه ايران در فاصله كمتر از دو تا سه سال توانسته ماهواره‌بري بسازد كه ماهواره‌ مصباح را كه سالهاست بين كشورهاي زورگو پاس داده مي‌شود به فضا پرتاب كند.

وزير دفاع و پشتيباني نيروهاي مسلح با تاكيد بر اينكه ايران در پرتاب ماهواره‌ها به مدار لئو مشكلي ندارد، گفت: با اقداماتي كه در سال آينده در حوزه فضايي انجام خواهد گرفت ايران به تمامي فناوري‌هاي لازم براي پرتاب ماهواره به مدار لئو دست خواهد يافت.

وي با بيان اينكه حدود 75 درصد ماهواره‌هاي جهان در مدار لئو قرار دارند، خاطرنشان كرد: تنها 25 درصد ماهواره‌ها در مدار نئو و جئو قرار دارند بنابراين دستيابي به تمام فناوري‌هاي مورد نياز جهت استقرار ماهواره در مدار لئو يعني طي كردن 75 درصد راه جهت رسيدن به مدار 36هزاركيلومتر است.

http://www.mashreghnews.ir/fa/news/98027/%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA-%D9%BE%D8%A7%DB%8C%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%BE%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%87-%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D8%AA%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86
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If I understood the article correctly, which may not be the case given my rather poor Farsi language skills, the Simorgh launcher will not be used until the new launch facility is complete. Is this correct? This would make sense because the much larger thrust created by the Simorgh must be diverted away from the rocket body, something that cannot be done effectively at the flat launch pad used for the Safir.  Also, is the launch facility about which he discussed, the one located very near to the pad presently used to fire the Safir?
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...this?


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Is this simply a new launch pad close to the existing one used for Safir or is this a completely new launch facility in a different geographical area?

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The photograph above (thank you Rouz) is the launch facility adjacent to the one currently used for the Safir. and the one I mentioned in my previous post.  It appears to be sized for the Simorgh, so I assume that once completed, the larger launcher could begin operations.  And if I understood the original post, this is anticipated to be next year.

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