Joint space projects to yield results soon: Iranian official

Tasnim– Iran’s joint projects with other countries in the space field will yield results in the near future, Head of Iran’s National Space Center Manouchehr Manteqi said.

Iran has begun international cooperation in space projects, Manteqi said on Sunday, adding that there was no such cooperation in the past.

“Today, joint projects and cooperation with other countries are being developed or implemented and the people will soon witness the results (of the projects),” he said.

Iran successfully launched into orbit its first indigenous data-processing satellite, Omid (Hope), back on February 2, 2009.

As part of a comprehensive 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.

The country’s third domestically-built Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite was sent into orbit in February 2012.

In January 2013, Iran sent a monkey into space aboard an indigenous bio-capsule code-named Pishgam (Pioneer).

And later in December 2013, the country’s scientists successfully sent a monkey, called ‘Fargam’ or Auspicious, into space aboard Pajoheshan (Research) indigenous rocket and returned the live simian back to earth safely.