Iran to send satellite with bio-capsule into orbit
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 8 / Trend /
Iran will send a satellite with a bio-capsule into orbit in August, head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli was quoted by IRIB News as saying.
Fazeli added that three satellites will be launched into orbit before the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2012).
It was falsely reported in March that the Iranian space agency had sent its first capsule with a living organism into orbit.
The capsule in the "Kavoshgar-4" missile was designed to send monkeys into space, though this time the missile was sent without the animals on board. A plaster cast was placed inside the capsule instead.
The missile was launched to test individual components and devices of the aircraft.
There were no technical failures.
Iran successfully launched its second satellite named Rassad (Observation) into orbit.
Iran successfully launched the Kaveshgyar-1 missile on Feb. 4, 2008, which was used to collect data and place the first national satellite into orbit. Tehran launched the Kavoshgar-2 rocket with scientific equipment in November 2008. The rocket took the atmospheric pressure and measured the wind speed at different altitudes.
In February 2010, Iran successfully test-fired the Kavoshgar-3 rocket, which carried one rodent, two turtles, and several worms into space and returned them to Earth alive.
Iran's first astronaut will fly into space in 2017, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said earlier.