Wednesday, April 26, 2006

What a Contrast in Behavior

While the Iranians are constantly spewing hatred at Israel, the Jewish state is sending some love to Iran - by way of an aptly named satellite, as Haaretz reports:
Israeli satellite launched to spy on Iranian nuclear sites

The international ImageSat company launched the Eros B high-resolution reconnaissance satellite from Siberia last night, a move that will help Israel spy on Iranian nuclear facilities.

The ground control station, located in the Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) complex in Yehud, will be able to control the satellite's navigation and keep it stationed for an extended time over particularly sensitive targets such as the Iranian nuclear reactor, which is too far for Israeli drones to reach. The satellite, which Israeli companies were involved in developing, will also be able to provide images of launch sites for long-range Iranian missiles. (...)

The launch came as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a "fake regime" that "cannot logically continue to live." In addition, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said this week that Tehran would begin hiding its nuclear program if the West takes any "harsh measures" against it. (...)

The Eros B satellite weighs 290 kilograms and has a camera that can decipher objects on the ground as small as 70 centimeters across. It will be joining the Eros A, which was launched by ImageSat aboard a Russian Start-1 launch vehicle on December 5, 2000. In contrast to the Eros B, its predecessor can distinguish between images only if they are at least 1.5 meters apart.

ImageSat is a commercial provider of high-resolution, satellite earth imagery collected by Eros - an acronym for Earth Remote Observation Satellite.


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