Saturday, April 15, 2006
After the launch of the Sina-1 on a Russian rocket in October, there was some speculation about what exactly it is going to be used for. Official word is that it is to be used to monitor natural phenomenon, such as earthquakes. I am curious to know how it is functioning, since simply launching a satellite on another countries rocket doesn't necessarily mean that Iran has a successful Satellite program. Now, Iran has announced plans to launch Sina-2, also presumably on a Russian rocket, but has not announced what it will be used for. Iran is working towards launching its own Mesbah satellite on a Shahab-4 rocket, but it's not exactly clear when that will happen. The purpose of such a launch is clear: it will show Iran has superiority in the Middle East technologically and militarily.