Space danger: Iran ‘prepares for rocket launch’ amid a furious backlash from US officials

A satellite image taken by the commercial company Planet shows a previously debris-filledlaunch pad now splashed with blue paint. The land was barren when ariel photographs were taken on April 29, but when fast forwarded to August 24, considerable amounts of work can be seen to have been completed.

The site, at the Imam Khomeini Space Center, had been covered with a scar, potentially as a result of flash floods from the previous spring, NPC reports.

Dave Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, confirmed the reports, he said: “The Iranians have finished clearing off the pad, and they painted over the previous launch scar.”

Other recent imagery in the area has shown vehicle activity at a location where Iran assembles its rockets.

Mr Schmerler said that this was a clear sign of that something was imminent, he said: “We’re getting close to a launch, but exactly when that will happen I can’t tell you.”

The news comes as Iran’s press reported that the Government has three satellites that could be ready for launch by the end of March 2020.

And, a recent report from August suggests that one of the satellites, a communications satellite intended to relay television, radio and telephone signals, is ready for launch now.

If a launch does take place, it will be Iran’s third attempt to send a satellite into space, with launch attempts in January and February both ending in failure.

The rocket that was launched in February, known as Safir, flew for a while before…

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