Well, we are talking about a major announcement to take place just a few days after. Surely Iran's weather must have been known in advance especially as crucial as this aspect is to launch of this class of rockets. Sorry Pasdar, but things don't add up. This sort of informing the public is not constructive. Just for another bad example, the public preview of IR.AN-140N was also announced to be done within the ten day Fajr celebrations. Have you seen it? Iran is very much under the microscope everyday in the world, such sub-standard publicity do not work for Iran and Iranians expecially at very crucial times like today.
The weather influences travel on Earth such as in the air transportation, while space travel is mostly tributary of the space weather
. And yes, as this year is nearing the peak of solar activity, Iran Space Authorities did know in advance and therefore postponed wisely the Bahman 22 launch of the Fajr satellite (this is Sangeshkan_Cave
assumption of course).
This is illustrated by non-stop waves of solar storms, CME and auroral activities for months as confirmed by space weather reports.Daily spaceweather report website http://spaceweather.com/
For the last few months only, the Russian Federation Space Agency failed in more than six launch missions, as China just lost last November 9, her first ever Mars probe, due to local influence of heavy charged particles from space
Conclusion: don't blame people, blame the sky!Related articleNew system to help satellites dodge devastating sun stormsScientists have developed a system that helps them protect navigation and communication satellites by forecasting potentially devastating solar storms.
A European research team led by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), have found a way to forecast changes in radiation levels by using data from a relatively distant NASA satellite and ground-based measurements.
The new system will make it possible for scientists to alert satellite operators when there is an increase in dangerous particles.
The operators can then move the satellites out of the radiation flow way or fold sensitive wings away.
"For the first time, we can now forecast radiation levels for a whole range of different orbits, from geo-stationary to medium earth orbit where there is a tremendous growth in the number of satellites," lead researcher Richard Horne told Reuters.
Massive bursts of solar energy can damage satellites by veering them into the paths of other crafts or by scrambling their communications.
Solar flares are caused by the sudden release of magnetic energy stored in the Sun's atmosphere, which then releases the charged particles into space in an event called a coronal mass ejection (CME).
After being quiet between 2005 and 2010, the Sun became active in 2011, spouting off numerous powerful flares and CMEs.
Most experts expect such outbursts to continue over the next few years. Solar activity waxes and wanes on an 11-year cycle.
The new development is of high importance as scientists think the current cycle, which is known as solar cycle 24, is set to begin a peak of stormy activity in 2012-13.