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Iran to build spacecraft carrying life capsule

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

1390/09/16
12-07-2011
10:17:58
News Code :9009-09339

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran will have accomplished building a spacecraft carrying life capsule in next 28 months.

The Head of space dynamic research team of Iranian prestigious Amir-Kabir Poly Technique University Mansour Kabganian told ISNA, "The engineering model of the spacecraft which is to carry life capsule and be launched to LEO would be constructed by next 24 months."

The project aims at sending life capsule to the space, short-term stationing of the spacecraft in LEO, returning to the atmosphere and receiving vital signs.

"Sending life capsule to LEO, employment of indigenous carrier, returning of the ship in due time, registering and sending vital signs, using Iran's potentials and capabilities are other goals pursued by the project," he continued.

LEO lies in 1600-2000 kilometers away from the earth.

Also Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said last month that the country plans to launch three new domestically-produced satellites into space in the near future.

Vahidi said that Iranian scientists are set to send the Fajr (Dawn) , Navid (Harbinger) and Tolou (Rise) satellites into space in the near future.

Fajr will be sent into space by the "Safir-e-Fajr" satellite carrier, while Navid and Tolou will be mounted on the Simorgh ( Phoenix) carrier for lift-off.

Iran launched its first domestically-produced satellite Omid (Hope) in 2009 and sent small animals into space in 2010. In February, Iran unveiled the prototypes of four domestically- built satellites of Rassad (Observation), Fajr, Zafar (Victory) and Amir Kabir-1. It also displayed the engines of a Safir-B1 (Ambassador-B1) rocket.

Fajr satellite is said to be a reconnaissance satellite constructed by the country's defense ministry, and Zafar, which is scheduled to be launched in 2012, weighs 90 kilograms and will revolve around the globe in an elliptical orbit at 500 kilometers, the local media said without further details.

In June, Iran launched Rassad-1 (Observation-1) satellite into space with the Safir rocket and put it into orbit 260 kilometers above the earth.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in June that Iran had obtained the technology to develop different satellites and would launch larger satellites that could be placed in circular orbits at an altitude of nearly 35,000 kilometers.

Tehran says it has plans to send a man into space by 2020.

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