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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Iranian Satellite Launch February 2, 2015

Iran. February 2, 2015. Iran’s Safir rocket lifts off Monday with the country’s fourth satellite. Credit: Iranian Defense Ministry
Iran claims to have launched a satellite into orbit. Iran makes many claims about their technical prowess. Not all of them are what you would call factually accurate. So I go poking around on the web to see what I can find and everything I find points back to Iran as the source. However, I did come across this statement on the SPACEFLIGHT NOW website:
"Tracking data from the U.S. Air Force’s Space Surveillance Network indicated an object associated with the launch in an orbit with a perigee, or low point, of about 139 miles and an apogee, or high point, of about 285 miles. The Fajr satellite is flying in an orbit tilted at 55.5 degrees to the equator."
More poking around on the web leads me to REAL TIME SATELLITE TRACKING AND PREDICTIONS which points to a NASA satellite locator page, which reports "There were no spacecraft returned."
So now I am wondering if Iran's satellite launch even happened.

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