New Iranian Space Agency Facilities Infrastructure Inaugurated
© By Charles P. Vick (All Rights Reserved)
Senior Technical Analyst
The opening of two new space centers along with one mobile ground stations and one large stationary facility was not unexpected and had in fact been serving this purpose under the military. This was for processing satellite imagery as well as the capable of handling telemetry tracking & control of Iranian satellites. This marked a turning point for the Iranian space program in Iran. One is located in Tehran and one in the desert either in Tabas or Torud. The Tabas facility is believed to house ERT’s facilities and one other center in Iran but they are owned in part by other countries. These new associated facilities will be able to receive telemetry and send commands to it domestically built satellites as well as receive imagery from those satellites. Later on Minister of Defense Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi noted that his ministry had constructed or turned over ten test laboratories to strength the Iranian space industry infrastructure, which it can be surmised also supports the defense industry needs.
Iranian Khomeini Space Center, the So Called Second Space Launch Center, Announced
Iran has also announced that it is developing a second space launch center from the first existing launch center of Semnan Range south east of Semnan Iran. This was based on its feasibility study on the mission requirements issue. The minister of Communications and Information Technology, Reza Taqipour announced this on December 14, 2010 in the Tehran region space centers. The limits of the present launch range required this development to be explored and subsequently authorized. One of two location were probably considered for this effort and those probably include the outskirts of the city of Marivan in the western province of Kurdistan which borders Iraq already used to test the Sejjil-2 missile or well into north western part of Iran and the Iman Ali Base near Khorramabad (33 degrees 29 minutes North and 48 degrees, 13 minutes and 56.77 seconds East) in the western Iran province of Lorestan the location of the primary ballistic missile base of Iran. That base apparently recently suffered a major serious fire and explosions among the stored ballistic missile infrastructure setting back the military operational program deployments effort.
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