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2007-Feb-20, 12:43 PM
Iran may launch its own spy satellite

http://www.metimes.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20070208-023109-2903r



I fear this has little to do with sending scientific missions into the cosmos and more about military ambitions

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2007-Feb-20, 12:49 PM
Other upcoming space powers

Italy (ESA member ) and its design for a vega rocket
http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/vega.htm
South Korea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea_Space_Launch_Vehicle
South Korea steps closer to having an astronaut in space
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/s1850635.htm

Ronald Brak
2007-Feb-20, 12:59 PM
This is a good thing. The more Iran can see that other nations don't wish to mass armies near it borders or ships in near by waters, the safer it will feel.

I suppose they just don't trust google earth.

Argos
2007-Feb-20, 01:14 PM
I fear this has little to do with sending scientific missions into the cosmos and more about military ambitions

Scientific curiosity is not uncommon among Persians. They used to be great astronomers and mathematicians. I think its pretty natural, if we look at it in an unpassionate way.

Launch window
2007-Feb-20, 01:29 PM
There are some wonderful people and cultures in the Middle East and the Persians have contributed much to science, however the way the Middle East has been going the past decades the region I get a feeling reminds me of a period when Christians used to burn witches at the steak, stone people and all those events that came with the Chirstian dark ages.

South Korea although in a defacto state of war with the North do have a different mindset to those in the Middle East and the S.Korea still contributes greatly to the world economy and science (robotics, engineering, biotechnology ..).

I think the Brazilian space program has many great things to offer. If it wasn't for the 2003 explosion, I think a nation like Brazil would be leading as an upcoming space power, and I'm sure the world will see more great pioneers like Alberto Santos.

Argos
2007-Feb-20, 02:55 PM
I think the Brazilian space program has many great things to offer. If it wasn't for the 2003 explosion, I think a nation like Brazil would be leading as an upcoming space power, and I'm sure the world will see more great pioneers like Alberto Santos.

Thanks for the words. :)

The Brazilian Space Program is undergoing a complete overhauling, designed to put it on par with international standards of performandce and safety.

This pdf (http://www.aeb.gov.br/area/download/pnae_web.pdf) (in Portuguese, unfortunately, but shows some cool photos) lays out the planning of the Brazilian space activities in the 2005-2014 period. The launching of the complete space mission, i.e., a Brazilian satellite aboard a Brazilian rocket [using the VLS_1, the rocket that exploded in 2003] is scheduled for this year. Lets hope everything works fine this time.

Ive just learned [from the same document] about an interesting Brazilian project, the MIRAX [Portuguese acronym for X-Ray Monitor and Imager] project, the first serious Brazilian attempt at real space science, to be launched in 2009. Ill keep my eyes on it.

Heres the basic schedule for the coming years:

Year - Vehicle - Payload

2007 - VLS - 1 EQUARS
2008 - VLS-1 B (upgrade) - SSR-1
2009 - VLS-1 - MIRAX
2010 - VLS-1 B (upgrade) - GPM
2011 - VLS-2 - GEO-1 (the first geostationary orbit mission)
2011/2012 - VLS-1 - Science Satellite 1
2013 - VLS-1 - Science Satellite 2
2014 - VLS-2 - GEO-2 (second Geo-stationary mission)

The pdf also says that space budgets around the world have grown 7% per year since 2002, and that a presence in space is vital if you want to be an active global player.

Launch window
2007-Feb-28, 04:33 PM
Hyundai To Build First South Korea Launch Pad
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Hyundai_To_Build_First_South_Korea_Launch_Pad_999. html

Iran's Sputnik
http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewnews.html?id=1197

Doodler
2007-Feb-28, 04:35 PM
Would Japan be considered a fledgling space power or an arrived space power? They've gotten off the ground, but they've got some serious launch inconsistencies they're still contending with.

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2007-Feb-28, 04:40 PM
It looks like the Spanish launch vehicle program has died
http://www.astronautix.com/country/spain.htm

So now they will depend on Europeans like the French Ariane, or NASA and Roscozmos to get their payloads into space.

However Spain is involved in some great ground based programs like the giant Euro-50 telescope and Radio Astronomy projects

Launch window
2007-Feb-28, 05:03 PM
Would Japan be considered a fledgling space power or an arrived space power? They've gotten off the ground, but they've got some serious launch inconsistencies they're still contending with.

I think Japan is a stumbling space power that is starting to re-assert itself. There may be reasons for Japanese taking a little fall, during the 80s and early 90s the Japanese were masters of robotics, had a vibrant economy and were building amazing things like the Suisei probe, Hiten and Hagoromo top the Moon, Sakigake probe, Yohkoh.... but the fun wasn't to last perhaps a long economic recession possibly triggered by the oil shock after the 1st gulf war and a bubble stock market suddenly took hold of Japan and the Japanese economy started to fall. A waking Chinese dragon also started to take the light from the Japanese. They also seem to have had a string of bad luck failures, Japan's Nozomi or their Mars mission was cooked by a solar storm, ETS 6 was lost, their shuttle prototype failed and their spy satellites for N.Korea exploded. Soon the Japanese space program is underwent a major reorganization "in the wake of six major failures in the past six years"
http://www.space.com/news/spaceagencies/japan_space_000627.html
Their space program today seems to be getting back on its feet with the H-2 rocket back in action they launched Hinode a collaboration project with British and Americans
http://www.universetoday.com/2006/11/02/first-light-looks-bright-for-hinode/
and the Japanese have upcoming missions like Selene, a SolarSail to Jupiter and a joint mission with the Euros called "Bepi-Colombo"

I'm not sure if the H-IIA is ready for their HTV cargo ship

publiusr
2007-Mar-09, 10:33 PM
I think Brazil may have the Titan II class Tsyclon tooling at Alcantara...

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2007-Apr-04, 01:09 AM
South Korea Plans To Launch First Rocket In 2008
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/South_Korea_Plans_To_Launch_First_Rocket_In_2008_9 99.html

publiusr
2007-Apr-30, 08:22 PM
Using RD-191 for the KSLV