US prevents launch of satellite to spy on IranI linked to this story in an earlier post, but I wanted to highlight it. An Indian newspaper reported on Monday that Israel's launch of the TecSar satellite (pictured, top left), which was meant to monitor Iran's nuclear activities, was canceled at the last minute in September at the insistence of the United States. It has since been postponed several times.
The TecSar satellite - developed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) - initially was supposed to be launched in September, on the heels of the June launch of the Ofek 7 spy satellite. It is the first Israeli satellite with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capabilities, a technology that allows the camera to take pictures of targets in all weather conditions.Note the irony here: With the Musharraf regime in neighboring Pakistan fighting for its life, and with no one really having control of its nukes, the Bush administration is worried that India might get some new military platforms.
Weighing just under 300 kilograms, the TecSar was developed by the IAI's Space Division MBT and has the ability to create images of objects on Earth even in cloudy weather conditions, a capability not available in Israel's Ofek satellite series.
The Ofek 7 is a camera-based satellite, while TecSar is capable of creating high-resolution images using advanced radar technology.
In an article published in Monday's Daily News and Analysis, the Indian paper quoted sources who said US government pressure was responsible for calling off the launch of the satellite, which already had been mounted on the space-bound missile launcher.
The paper hinted that the reason for the American pressure was to prevent India from obtaining powerful military platforms. Earlier this year, the paper said, the US curtailed Indian plans to develop missiles with a 5,000-kilometer range and advised it to only manufacture missiles with a range of 800 km.
Should it occur, it would be the first time Israel launches a satellite aboard an Indian missile.
Sorry folks, but after the release of that National Intelligence Estimate this week, I cannot accept this as being unconnected, accidental or having anywhere near as much to do with India as it does with Israel. Someone in the Bush administration has decided that not only are they not going to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but that they are also going to try to prevent Israel from stopping Iran.
Are there Muslims running the State Department? This is insane!