Iranian Satellite Launch Goes Up In Smoke

first published on September 2, 2019 by

A US-criticized Iranian satellite launch failed as the rocket burst into flames and then smoldered on a launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran on Thursday.

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Satellite images of the launch show a large plume of smoke and scorched marks on the ground surrounding the attempted launch site.

President Trump responded to the failed launch in a tweet saying, “The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran. I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One.”

The President’s tweet was criticized by the media for containing a black and white, yet high resolution image of the satellite launch site. The image was likely sensitive or classified and wasn’t intended to be released to the public by the National Reconnaissance Office. Yet, as President, Trump has the power to declassify anything he wants.

Iran acknowledged the incident, claiming a technical malfunction caused the explosion and said sabotage isn’t believed to be a factor. They also claimed that only a rocket was destroyed and that the satellite wasn’t present at the time.


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