Iran General News Iran sends rocket, capsule into space: IRNA

Iran sends rocket, capsule into space: IRNA

-

AFP: Iran has launched a rocket into space carrying a test capsule designed to house an animal, the official IRNA news agency said Thursday, amid Western concerns over Tehran’s scientific advances.

TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran has launched a rocket into space carrying a test capsule designed to house an animal, the official IRNA news agency said Thursday, amid Western concerns over Tehran’s scientific advances.

The Kavoshgar-4 rocket was launched without fanfare on March 15, the report said, citing the president’s office.

The capsule, unveiled by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on February 7, is designed to carry a monkey but there were no living creatures on board, IRNA added.

“This important scientific experiment was carried out on Esfand 24 (March 15) by the Iranian Space Agency,” IRNA said.

Iran had announced it would conduct the launch before the end of Iranian year on March 21.

The space agency managed to “test the system performance… the launch platform, engine, electronic and telemetry systems and the system of separation” between the rocket and its load, according to IRNA.

Iran, which has outlined an ambitious space programme in the face of Western concerns, put a satellite into orbit in 2009 and sent small animals into space in 2010.

Western powers fear that Tehran could develop a missile capability, masked behind a science programme, that could deliver nuclear warheads. Iran denies that its nuclear and space work have military dimensions.

Ahmadinejad announced in February during celebrations marking the 32nd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that the capsule would be tested before carrying a monkey into space.

The Kavoshgar-4, also unveiled in February, has been touted as capable of carrying a payload to an altitude of 120 kilometres (75 miles).

IRNA confirmed Thursday that tests of data and imagery transmission were conducted at this altitude.

Latest news

Iranian Infected with Hep A after Drinking Water Mixed with Sewage

Many Iranians in Khuzestan province have contracted Hepatitis A after drinking water contaminated with sewage due to recent floods...

Why Iran Does Not Purchase Covid-19 Vaccines

In Iran, media outlets controlled by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei try to justify the government’s refusal to purchase...

The Ayatollahs Devastate Iran’s Car Manufacturing Industry

Upon releasing their latest model, called ‘Tara’, in late December, Iran’s largest car manufacturing company, Iran Khodro (IKCO), came...

Iran’s Prisons: A Coronavirus Vector in 2020

Iran’s unsanitary and overcrowded prisons were a vector for infections long before the Covid-19 outbreak, so everybody could plainly...

Why Iranians Don’t Trust the Ayatollahs?

While the Iranian government has been surrounded by enormous crises and dilemmas inside the country and abroad, officials inevitably...

U.S. Designates Two Pillars of Khamenei’s Economic Empire

On January 13, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two key entities...

Must read

Nobel prize winner accuses Iranian justice of obstruction

AFP: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi accused Iran's...

U.S., Iran opposition denounce Iran cleric’s visit to UN body

Iran Focus: London, Oct. 12 – The United States...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you