Donald Trump posted on Twitter a satellite image of a destroyed rocket that Iran wanted to launch from the Khomeini National Space Center in the north of the country, with the note that it was not the US’s doing.
In this way, the US president wanted to quickly refute the Iranian government’s accusations against his country that the US was guilty of the entire catastrophe. In fact, only Iranian engineers were responsible for the whole event. “I wish Iran all the best and good luck in determining what caused the explosion,” Donald Trump, President of the United States, wrote on Twitter.
After a few days of delay, the Iranian government said that the cause of the disaster was technical errors and scientists are already working to solve this problem. Meanwhile, fans of astronomy and espionage devices in Earth’s orbit were curious about where the image published by Trump came from. It turns out that it was made by a spy satellite USA 224, which belongs to the KH-11 Recon network and is operated by the CIA and DOD.
The satellite is 8 meters long, 3 meters wide, weighs 8 tons and has a mirror with a diameter of 2.4 meters. Interestingly, it is based on the construction of the Hubble Space Telescope, only that its CRYSTAL System observation systems are directed towards the surface of our planet, not space. USA 224 allows observation of objects with a resolution of 10 centimeters. The images made by him are characterized by incredible quality and detail, which you can see in the attached image.
I simulated the view from USA 224 (ADVANCED CRYSTAL optical reconnaissance satellite) towards the #Iranian launch platform. Simulation is for 09:44:23 UT when sat was at 43 streaming sites links directory.97 deg elevation, azimuth 194.7 deg.Simulation & real image compared:@mhanham @trbrtc @nktpnd @cgbassa pic.twitter.com/qURATXpfuU
Donald Trump, by publishing the satellite image of the Iranian installation, at the same time showed to the whole world that his various services are constantly watching critical places around the world and following the development of events in order to respond in advance to the coming threat in advance.