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Second “Safir-E Omid”

(Emissary of Hope)

Booster Orbital Launch Attempt

© By Charles P. Vick (All Rights Reserved)

08-19-28/10-02-2008

 

State Statement & Press Revisions, Why?

The night time launch was indeed very different from what was expected for such a flight testing program---which brings up the question was it due to preparation delays in the countdown or a time of launch constraint issue for Iranian requirements? What followed was a series of very confusing utterances for the world press - announcements and translation errors that totally confused the world press as to what had actually happened and was intended in reality.

It is interesting to note that both Iraq and North Korea’s satellite launch attempts have interesting parallels in both cases they had something go wrong with the vectoring of thrust on the third leg of its operation--- but the U. S. administration officials in both cases said they did not succeed ---or did they? I wonder what the real truth is, in regards to velocity performance. It’s fairly apparent to this author what reality is in this case here for Iran (2008) and the other flights of Iraq (1999) and North Korea (1998) based on previous analysis. On Sunday, August 17, 2008 Iran claimed to have successfully launched its first home-produced communications satellite into space. Independent confirmation of these claims was not immediately forthcoming. Officials later said “only the carrier rocket had been test fired,” correcting state media reports that the communications satellite itself had been sent into orbit.

"President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad was at the launch of the communications satellite Omid (Hope) from Iran 's space station," government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham said, according to the Fars news agency. Another statement from the Iranian armed forces said it was the first launch of the domestically-built satellite, according to the official news agency IRNA reported. The Joint Chief of Staff on Sunday congratulated Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and brave Iranian nation on successful launching of the rocket carrying the country's first satellite. The communiqué issued on Sunday, by the Joint Chief of Staff said the rocket carrying the country's first satellite, the `Hope' Satellite, was successfully fired on the birth Anniversary of the last Imam of Shiites, Hazrat Mahdi (May God Hasten His Reappearance), "thus illustrating the auspicious name of the Imam in space". The quoted Joint Chiefs’ remarks additional stated that the launching marks the second instance of successful tentative firing of such rockets.

Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics said Friday that in presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's `Safir' (Messenger) satellite-carrier rocket, carrying Iran's first `Omid' (Hope) Satellite, was successfully launched into the space tentatively on Sunday. The Ministry statement, a copy of which was made available to IRNA on Sunday, said the launch thus paved the way for placing the first Iranian satellite in orbit . It said the rocket had been built by Iranian experts and fired tentatively on the auspicious birthday anniversary of Hazrat Mahdi (May God Hasten His Reappearance).

The flight ultimately went ballistic into space as the second stage failed well after staging and shroud separation. The failure was quite dramatic in that this time the second stage failed going wildly out of control ultimately flying ballistic-ally on its ascent profile. Ballistically it went well beyond 100 the region of its failure to at least 152 kilometers (94.64 miles) altitude but the first stage had long since separated well before the shroud separation at the lower altitude after clearing the atmosphere. Sea level nozzles are only so effective at altitude before these should be replaced with the altitude vacuum thrust nozzles to push against. So clearly the second stage had separated from the first stage at a lower altitude and was being powered on its ascending flight path before failure. I think it is interesting Safir was characterized as two stages not three. Did it achieve orbital velocity is a primary issue? This author thinks that the answer is “No,” in this case but how close did it come?

CPV 08-28-08



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