Iran Space Perversion; how it happened


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Iran Space Perversion; how it happened 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

ParvizTarikihi20120511-VParviz Tarikhi (https://parviztarikhi.wordpress.comis a space science and technology researcher and specialist majoring in radar remote sensing since 1994. He holds a PhD degree in physics. He has been involved with the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS) since 2000, including as Second Vice-Chair and Rapporteur in 2004-06 of the committee bureau. From 2001 to 2007 he chaired the Action Team number 1 of UNISPACE-III with the mission ‘to develop a comprehensive worldwide environmental monitoring strategy’. From 2004 to 2007 he led the Office for Specialized International Cooperation of the Iranian Space Agency. He is also a freelance journalist and technical writer who has made in the meantime years of research and study on the developments and status of space science and technology with a particular focus on Iran. Write to him through e-mail at the addressparviz_tarikhi@hotmail.com.

Parviz Tarikhi

Microwave Remote Sensing Research Core

Mahdasht Satellite Receiving Station, Alborz Space Center, ISA, Karaj, Iran

parviz_tarikhi@hotmail.com

 

Iran’s space endeavor basically initiated to develop for civil and peaceful purposes decades ago. It has not been really different from that of any other nation. While the space technology applications are substantially of dual use, it is up to us to make a selection, and either pave the way to, or place limitations and obstacles on each of these uses and orientations. It is more than wise to use such possibilities for the welfare and wellness of humanity – and for its sustainable development – at the national and global level. In the meantime, it should not be ignored that such achievements require a high degree of expertise, abilities and comprehensive knowledge about the subject. Highly specialized and talented human resources must emerge in each country, while the attitudes and visions of leaders of each nation, who also influence and contribute to the pace, progress and developmental objectives of any nation’s space program, should not be disregarded.[i]

Although it is clear that Iran’s civilian space industry has much to say, one should not ignore the fact that the amount of finance allocated to the space industries for national security is much more considerable in comparison to the investment in civilian space industries. It is also clear that much effort is being expended on developing the space transportation systems to provide the country with independent access to outer space, while the main focus of the civilian sector is on developing satellite communications, remote sensing and navigation systems.[ii]

To attain the position that it deserves in the global arena and for its own well-being Iran has relied on its human resources as well as expertise and knowledge that are being achieved continuously in the course of enthusiastic experiments and experiences in heading to space for peace and prosperity. The country has been developing its space program to provide the nation with space-related applications services. Its advances could potentially provide a considerable motivation for further productive cooperation in space between Iran and the world community. After all, Iran’s space endeavor needs expertise, competence and informed and good management. It requires the contribution of the immense resource of the enthusiastic younger generation along with the experience and expertise achieved over the course of years of efforts and perseverance.[iii]

Although writing about and analyzing Iran’s space endeavor in recent decade does not seems as easy as writing on technical and scientific matters, as a technocrat who has worked internationally for years, I feel myself indebted and obligated and responsible to write about the realities on it, the things that I have been witnessing in course of years of work in this field.

On 10 December 2003 the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IR Iran) approved the Article 9 of the Law for Tasks and Authorizations of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology that was on the establishment of a new regime for country’s outer space issues; the law received final approval of the Guardian Council of the Constitution of IR Iran on 18 June 2005.[iv]


[i] Tarikhi, Parviz: Iran’s space program; Riding high for peace and pride, Space Policy International Journal (Elsevier), Issue 3, Volume 25, August 2009, pp. 160-173 (DOI: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2009.05.010).

[ii] Tarikhi, Parviz: Iran’s space program; Riding high for peace and pride, Space Policy International Journal (Elsevier), Issue 3, Volume 25, August 2009, pp. 160-173 (DOI: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2009.05.010).

[iii] Tarikhi, Parviz: Iran’s space program; Riding high for peace and pride, Space Policy International Journal (Elsevier), Issue 3, Volume 25, August 2009, pp. 160-173 (DOI: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2009.05.010).

[iv] Tarikhi, Parviz, 2012, June 7. Official Space Research Institutes, http://rescommunis.olemiss.edu/2012/06/07/official-space-research-institutes/ (accessed 8 December 2012)

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Author’s brief CV

Parviz Tarikhi (https://parviztarikhi.wordpress.com) is a space science and technology specialist in Iran majoring in radar remote sensing since 1994. He holds a PhD degree in physics focusing on microwave remote sensing. He heads the Microwave Remote Sensing Research Core at the Mahdasht Satellite Receiving Station. He has been involved with the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS) since 2000, including as Second Vice-Chair and Rapporteur in 2004-06 of the committee bureau. Since 2001 he has co-chaired Action Team number 1 of UNISPACE-III with the mission ‘to develop a comprehensive worldwide environmental monitoring strategy’. From 2004-07 he led the Office for Specialized International Cooperation of the Iranian Space Agency. He is also a freelance journalist and technical writer. He has made in the meantime years of research and study on the developments and status of space science and technology with a particular focus on Iran.

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