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Three-stage rocket and more sufficient enrichment?

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on August 7, 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran is working on a three-stage rocket to carry a satellite 1,000 kilometers (more than 600 miles) into space, Fars news agency reported.

“The country’s scientists are working on a three-stage rocket that will take us to 1,000 kilometers,” the agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying to a local television in the western city of Hamedan on Wednesday.

“Last time, we sent a satellite to 250 kilometers… Next year it will be sent to 700 kilometers, and the year after that to 1,000 kilometers,” he said.

It also unveiled another home-built rocket designed to carry satellites, dubbed Simorgh (Phoenix) equipped to carry a 100-kilogram (220-pound) satellite 500 kilometers (310 miles) into orbit.

Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said then a refinement of the Simorgh design would allow satellites to be placed in a 1,000-kilometre (more than 600 miles) orbit.

Telecommunication Minister Reza Taghipour had said in July that a home-built satellite, Rasad 1, was being readied for launch for the last week of August, without giving other details.

 Iran has begun using extra equipment installed earlier this year to enrich uranium more efficiently, stepping up its nuclear work despite U.N. sanctions, a Western think-tank said on Friday.

The Institute for Science and International Security said on its website that Iran was now using a second set, or “cascade,” of centrifuge machines at its Natanz pilot plant. It did not disclose the source of its information.

Analysts said the single cascade of machines Iran was using for the higher-level enrichment was inefficient because it left over a large quantity of low-enriched uranium alongside the highly enriched material.

“ISIS has learned that Iran is now using the second cascade at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) at Natanz to recycle the tails from the first cascade,” ISIS said in its note.

ISIS said the use of the second cascade meant the plant now needed less low-enriched uranium (LEU) than before to produce the same amount of 20-percent enriched uranium. It did not mean the output or enrichment level would increase, ISIS said.

“If Iran enriches to weapon-grade uranium, however, it is expected to use the same type of procedure,” ISIS said.

“Thus, Iran’s current actions, while superficially justified on civil grounds, mainly make sense in the context of learning how to make significant quantities of highly enriched uranium efficiently.”

Three-stage rocket and more sufficient enrichment? Not good news for those who care about Islamic Republic eating the whole world up, threading lots of countries and destroying Iranian’s ancient culture.

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