Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 10
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran will launch Kavoshgar-7(Explorer-7) carrier, carrying a living creature into space from Imam Khomeini Space Centre near Semnan city in the north of the country next week, head of Iran's aerospace industries, Mehdi Farahi said, ISNA news agency reported on Dec. 10.
He went on to note that the carrier will orbit at an altitude of 120 kilometres.
Commenting on Iran's aerospace projects Farahi underlined that the Kavoshgar projects are steps towards sending astronauts 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.
Iran sent a monkey into space aboard an indigenous bio-capsule code-named Pishgam (Pioneer) in January 2013.
The country successfully launched its first indigenous data-processing satellite, Omid (Hope), into orbit in 2009.
As part of a plan to develop its space program, Iran also successfully launched its second satellite, dubbed Rassad (Observation), into the earth's orbit in June 2011. Rassad's mission was to take images of the earth and transmit them along with telemetry information to ground stations.
Iran also launched its domestically-built Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite into orbit in February 2012. The records made by the telecom, measurement and scientific satellite could be used in a wide range of fields.
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.
Edited by C.N.