[FPSPACE] Iran launch failure
cpvick at globalsecurity.org
Tue Nov 27 05:14:37 EST 2012
There are other development in both the DPRK North Korea and Iran
with updated information
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Subject: [FPSPACE] Iran launch failure
Following on from a previous discussion about a likely failed launch attempt
by Iran on 23 May, IHS Jane's Defence Weekly has now reported clear
photographic evidence of a catastrophic launch failure, probably on 22
Sept. The payload was "probably a Fajr satellite".
According to Nick Hansen of Stanford, DigitalGlobe satellite imagery taken
on 22 September showed the final stages of launch preparations, indicating
the launch attempt took place later that day or soon afterwards.
He notes: "The next available satellite image, taken on 25 October, reveals
striking damage. Analysis of the burn patterns indicates the rocket failed
moments after its ignition, toppled southward onto the pad and exploded. It
is likely that it triggered explosions and fires in the umbilical tower and
nearby vehicles. Tyre tracks lead from the pad to a nearby bermed pen, where
the burned-out TEL has been towed. The hydraulic fluid used to hoist and
lower the umbilical tower also appears to have burned, destroying the wiring
and piping needed to operate that apparatus."
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