Iran diggs for excuses

Posted: March 10, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Iran
The wind in Iranian deserts also interfered with the launch

The wind in Iranian deserts also interfered with the launch

The Iranians apparently still cannot forget the failed launch of their first satellite several months ago, and now are finding excuses for the unsuccessful tryout. Apparently, hostile drones (as in UAVs) were just above the launching site and have disrupted communications during the launch:

Hostile unmanned aerial vehicles overflew Iran last month and disrupted the communications systems at the launch site of a missile carrying Iran’s first satellite to space, according to the country’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian leader was quoted by an Iranian news agency as having said in recent discussions that the disruptions of communications caused a delay of several hours to the launch of the rocket, which had to be operated with the use of a backup system.

The funniest thing is, that the Iranians have decided to shoot them down, but then decided not to shoot them down. Why? Only Ahmedinejad and perhaps God know:

Ahmadinejad said drones flew at very high altitude and used sophisticated electronic equipment to jam ground-based systems. He also said that a decision was made to shoot down the drones with fighter planes, but it was decided not to do so for reasons he did not explain.

Well, shoot.


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