Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 21
By Umid Niayesh, Saeed Isayev - Trend:
Iran has started studies for developing a new generation of bio-capsule, which is intended for carrying astronauts into space, head of Iran's Space System Research Center Mohammad Ebrahimi said, Iranian Mehr news agency reported on Jan. 21.
Ebrahimi went on to say that first a mini-model capsule would be designed, which would eventually lead to manufacturing a full-sized capsule.
The project has started recently, he said, adding that it is in the conceptual design phase.
Iran has made some achievements in the space science and astronomy, and the country intends to send human into space by 2024.
The country's scientists have previously sent astronaut monkeys into space, which marked the first time Iran used liquid propellant-working carrier for sending living creatures into space.
Iran sent its first bio-capsule containing living creatures into the space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) carrier.
In Jan. 2013 Iran sent a monkey into space aboard an indigenous bio-capsule code-named Pishgam (Pioneer).
The country has also successfully launched its first indigenous data-processing satellite, Omid (Hope), into orbit in 2009. Another Iranian satellite dubbed Rassad (Observation) was sent out in June 2011.
Iran also launched its domestically-built Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite into orbit in February 2012.
The country is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.