Iran to launch monkey into space in July
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 30 / Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran will launch its Kavoshgar-5 rocket with a 300-kg capsule with monkey inside to space this July, head of Iranian Space Agency, Hamid Fazeli said, IRNA reported.
He added that as of now, the monkey is undergoing special training for the upcoming launch.
Iran, which launched its first satellite into orbit in 2009 and sent a rat, turtles, and worms into space aboard a Kavoshgar-3 rocket in 2010, unveiled its space monkey mission back in February 2011 as a prelude to launching a man into space by 2020.
Speaking about the Fajr satellite launch, Fazeli said the necessary work is being conducted to launch the satellite to orbit in the near future.
On May 13, Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that Fajr satellite will be placed in elliptical orbit of 400 km in radius and will remain in space for a year and a half.