Just how advanced is Iran's space programme?


By David Shiga IRAN’S first satellite launch aboard a home-grown rocket has left observers puzzled over just how it was done. Was the satellite launched by a feeble rocket pushed to its limits, or has Iran’s secretive space programme managed to develop a far more powerful launch vehicle without anyone noticing? The answer will affect how soon the country might achieve its stated goal of sending humans into space. Iran launched its satellite – called Omid, or “Hope” – on 2 February. According to Iranian media it is a 40-centimetre cube weighing 25 kilograms,
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