In the face of world opposition and sanctions, Iran has joined a very exclusive club: those countries that have managed to orbit a satellite. Both the satellite and the rocket body come together and pass over the launch site at that time. The objects both have inclinations of about 55 degrees which is consistent with a launch toward the South East, which does not fully take advantage of the rotation of the Earth and was presumably chosen for range safety issues. Sorry, a previous version of this post was somewhat confused on this point due to my wanting to get it posted as soon as possible! The objects ended up in orbits with apogees of km and perigees of km. The orbital period of 90 minutes implies an orbit that is slightly lower than the Iranian statement of 14 orbits per day but not troublingly so. My guess is that Iran must have had sufficient telemetry to do a preliminary orbital analysis at the time of the satellite separation though the satellite would certainly have been visible from Iran after its first orbit.
Letter from the Editor: Will Federman offers congratulations for Press Club awards
Congratulations Contestant Amateur Winners!
Hammond, age 21, returned to the international amateur platform a year after withdrawing suddenly from the IMMAF World Championships, due to a freak training accident that caused the athlete to suffer a ruptured bowel. In fine style, Hammond exemplified the standard of athlete that makes the Amateur World Championships the top proving for developing competitors. The duo faced off in the gold medal decider. Hammed edged a split-decision triumph through the ultra-competitive grappling exchanges, taking the senior lightweight world title back to the Republic of Ireland.
The awards are a bittersweet moment for me. And I genuinely wish I could have been there to celebrate with my fellow Trojans, but unfortunately I have this day job. We pushed boundaries, and often defied conventional wisdom. Sometimes we were derided for it, but this proves that curiosity, experimentation and a desire to speak truth-to-power and to hell with the consequences are the most important attributes a digital brand can have in the 21st century. The students control the content — without arbitrary boundaries imposed by traditional student media operations at other journalism schools.