It’s no secret that the U.S. wants Iran to stop launching rockets, or anything else that implies improved payload delivery activity. But just how far will America go to make its point?
Just before its scheduled launch on Thursday, an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite exploded on its launch pad at Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran.
An Iranian official told Reuters:
“It was due to some technical issues and it exploded but our young scientists are working to fix the problem.”
The United States, Iran’s long time foe, fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads.
Tehran denies the U.S. accusation that such activity is a cover for ballistic missile development.
This isn’t the first time the Iranians have had trouble getting payload into space.
An Iranian attempt to launch a satellite failed in January, Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said.
The failed rocket launch comes at the same time that the U.S. and Iran are engaged in a cyber war as reported by The New York Times, trading software attacks. It’s possible the U.S. has infiltrated the Iranian space software, although there is no way to confirm or disprove such a thing.