Persia in Space: Implications for U.S. National Security

Mazol - Persia in Space Implications for U.S. National Security

The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that Iran successfully launched a Safir-2 rocket carrying an Omid research and telecommunications satellite into orbit on February 2. The Omid satellite’s capabilities are not as troubling as the advanced rocket system used to deliver the Iranian Sputnik into space. Indeed, the former head of Israel’s space program, Isaac Ben-Israel described the Omid as “quite primitive” and “not so much a satellite as a box that can collect data.” The Safir rocket that propelled the Omid through the atmosphere is a much more serious concern for U.S. national security.

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