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Images Show Iran Satellite Launch Looms

Images Show Iran Satellite Launch Looms

Monday, 19 August, 2019 - 05:15
Satellite image shows activity at the Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province. (Planet Labs Inc, Middlebury Institute of International Studies via AP)
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Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite US accusations that its program helps it develop ballistic missiles.

Satellite images of the Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province this month show increased activity at the site, as heightened tensions persist between Washington and Tehran over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, the Associated Press reported.

While Iran routinely only announces such launches after the fact, that activity coupled with an official saying a satellite would soon be handed over to the country's Defense Ministry suggests the attempt will be coming soon.

In a related development, the head of the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said Sunday that Iran is among the region’s most advanced states in its aerospace program.

He was quoted as saying that the division’s members are in their 30s and 40s.

He added that his forces continue to train new personnel to join the division.

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