Iran will send its second monkey into space by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2014), or early next year, the Mehr News Agency quoted the Iran Space Agency Research Centre director Mohammad Ebrahimi as saying.
The rocket carrier will use liquid fuel which will reduce acceleration and be helpful for the health of the monkey, he noted. The second monkey will be of the same type as the first one which was sent into space on January 28, he added. Iran launched a rat, two turtles and a worm on its Kavoshgar-3 rocket in February 2010.
Iran is planning to launch seven satellites into space during the current Iranian calendar year which started on March 21, Iran Space Agency Director Hamid Fazeli said earlier.
Fazeli said that the Nahid is one of the satellites scheduled to be launched this year, adding that a unique form of technology will be used for launching.
“Fajr (Dawn), a reconnaissance satellite powered by solar energy will be sent into orbit this year. The Zafar (Triumph) satellite will also be sent into orbit by this summer,” he added.
The communication Mesbah satellite will be launched into orbit by the end of the year.
Iran launched its first satellite called the Omid (Hope) in February 2009. The Rasad (Observation) satellite was also sent into orbit in June 2011.
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