Iran launched its first domestically-produced satellite Omid (Hope) via Safir (Ambassador) carrier (shown) into orbit in 2009. Iran Islamic Republic of Iran the Iranian space program Islamic Republic of Iran missile spacecraft Iran to send monkey into space Send living creature into space Send living creatures into space
Iran launched its first domestically-produced satellite Omid (Hope) via Safir (Ambassador) carrier (shown) into orbit in 2009.
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:36AM
The president of Iran’s University of Science and Technology says the Islamic Republic plans to send its domestically-produced satellite Zafar (Triumph) into space within the next eight months.


Saeed Jabal-Ameli told reporters on Wednesday that the satellite would be launched into space by the summer of the Iranian year 1392 (September 2013).

He said that Zafar had better and more capabilities compared to its original version, Navid satellite.

Iran 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 successfully launched its second satellite, dubbed Rassad (Observation), into 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.

On Monday, Iran also sent a monkey into space aboard an indigenous bio-capsule as a prelude to sending humans into space.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.


In this photo, the monkey that was sent into space by Iran on January 27 and was returned safely can be seen after returning to the Earth. (File photo) Iran Islamic Republic of Iran the Iranian space program Islamic Republic of Iran missile spacecraft Iran to send monkey into space Send living creature into space Send living creatures into space
In this photo, the monkey that was sent into space by Iran on January 27 and was returned safely can be seen after returning to the Earth. (File photo)
Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:20AM GMT
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Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says the successful mission of Pishgam (Pioneer) spacecraft, which successfully carried a monkey into space, is the first step for Iran towards sending humans into space.


“Sending a spacecraft and returning it is the first step towards sending humans to space in later stages,” Vahidi said on Monday.

On Monday, Iran launched Pishgam (Pioneer) spacecraft, which took a primate to the altitude of 120 kilometers, and returned it safely to Earth.

Iran sent its first bio-capsule of living creatures into space in February 2010, using the indigenous Kavoshgar 3 (Discoverer 3) carrier.

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 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 sent its indigenously-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.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1959.

The Iranian defense minister said Iran would also inaugurate the country’s space observatory, named after Shia’s sixth Imam, Imam Sadeq (PBUH), in February.