Iran Says it Set Up Space Monitoring Center

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 07:21 AM

 

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Sunday that it set up its first space tracking center to monitor objects passing in orbit overhead.

Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the center was for Iran's space-related security but that Tehran would also share the acquired data with other countries, the official IRNA news agency reported. The report said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was present at the inauguration of the center located near the town of Delijan, some 125 miles south of Tehran.

Iran frequently announces technological breakthroughs that cannot be independently verified. It has long pursued space ambitions aimed at putting its own satellite into orbit as well as a manned space flight.

"The base is aimed at securing the country's space facilities and monitoring space objects especially satellites that pass overhead," Vahidi was quoted as saying.

The country has nine command and control ground stations for its space program including one in Syria, the country's main Arab regional ally. The rest are located mainly in the central and southern parts of the country.

Vahidi said the Delijan center used radar, electro-optic and radio tracking.

Iran says it wants to put its own satellites into orbit to monitor natural disasters in the earthquake-prone nation, improve telecommunications and expand military surveillance in the region. The U.S. and its allies worry that the same technology could also be used to develop long-range missiles.

In one of its most recent high-profile space announcements, Iran said in February that it send a monkey into space.

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