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Iran and North Korean Space Cooperation

29 Jan 2010, 20:52 UTC
Iran and North Korean Space Cooperation
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North Korea’s launch of its Unha-2 (which may be the same as or related to the Taepodong-2) rocket on April 5th, 2009 was a result of hard work, trial and explosive error, and quite likely the help of Iran’s own research and funding. In its quest for a space program, Iran may have struck a deal with the reclusive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to improve the Islamic Republic’s odds of orbiting satellites domestically within the next five years. North Korea would benefit from the cooperation between the two nations with a space program of its own and much needed foreign funds and investment.
Both countries have a long history of sharing technology on their theater ballistic missile programs; Iran’s Shahab series of missiles are virtual clones of North Korea’s Nodong systems, which are a mix of Chinese technology but ultimately based on the Soviet Scud missile. Iran has also been accused of funding development of North Korea’s Nodong 1, which has a greater range than the original Scuds and have found their way to Iran where they have been designated as the Shahab-3 missile family.
The North’s Unha-2 rocket is believed to be a combination of “off the shelf” ...

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