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Iran likely to launch bio life capsule by mid Sept

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9001-14230

TEHRAN (ISNA)-The Head of Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli said the country is likely to launch "Explorer 4" with bio life capsule into space by mid September.

"Explorer 4" with living creatures is to be launched into space by Mid September if fundamental changes are not made in the explorer," he told ISNA.

"Explorer 4 was test launched on March 16 without a bio life capsule. We simulated a dull instead of a real monkey in a way that it will have the same conditions regarding mass, equipment and dimensions at the time of launch," he said.

"The test launch aimed at making sure of carrier and capsule systems and sub-systems and fortunately it brought good results. We had a successful test ahead of launch of the bio life capsule."

He said Iranian space scientists and researchers are making required tests for the main launch.

Fazeli then continued no exact date can be set for the main launch since the launcher may need fundamental changes which may take longer time.

"But surely we are trying to carry out the launch in 2011."

He then referred to Italy's refusal to take back "Mesbah 1" satellite to Iran and said, "Iran is making efforts to retrieve the satellite, but unfortunately due to imposed limits against Iran, the satellite which was built for peaceful and scientific purposes has been included in the UN sanctions, whereas it should not be included in the list of sanctions."

"Our space activities are fully peaceful and we are trying to resolve the issue peacefully," Fazeli went on to say.

Iran is in talks with Italy to resolve the issue, he said adding the measure of the other side (Italy) came due to pressures from western states.

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