An analysis of Iran's Safir rocket launch

From: forden@MIT.EDU
Date: Thu Aug 21 2008 - 17:56:13 UTC

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    Here is a link to the summary of my talk at the recent Cornell Workshop on Space
    Security:
    
    http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/2004/forden-on-safir-e-omid
    
    
    I conclude that this launch, while representing a significant technological
    advance for Iran, could not have orbited a satellite but with a relatively
    small solid-propellant third stage ?hidden? inside the clam-shell fairing. 
    It will take several more launches, I believe, for them to work out the bugs but
    after that we could really expect them to orbit a small satellite.
    
    
    
    Many thanks to John Locker for all his help in digging up the videos of the
    launch!
    
    Best, Geoff
    
    
    
    Geoffrey Forden, Ph.D
    
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