1054 GMT December 09, 2022
The Iranian Space Agency plans to launch a suborbital human-rated capsule by March 2023 as part of a project to send a human into space within 10 years, said the ISA head on Saturday.
Hassan Salarieh added the agency’s next plan will be sending a spacelab into space, Mehr News Agency reported.
He noted that the sending of an astronaut into space is part of ISA’s research activities in the area of space biology.
Salarieh added on the agency’s agenda is the implementation of a comprehensive plan in the area of space biology, starting with conducting feasibility and biological studies and ending in sending a human into space.
He noted that the plan is mainly aimed at expanding Iran’s capabilities in the space biology field, adding for sending an astronaut into space, comprehensive preparation is needed, which is going to be done.
Salarieh added Iran is negotiating with Russia for the holding of a comprehensive academic training course on sending humans into space for its experts.
In early August, Iran successfully launched Khayyam satellite into space from the Baikonur space station in Kazakhstan by Russia's Soyuz satellite carrier rocket.
Following the launch ISA said the satellite will monitor the country's agricultural productivity, mining and mineral discoveries, and deal with deforestation and natural or environmental hazards.
Iran has also announced plans to build three more Khayyam satellites and unveil new aerospace industry achievements in the future.
In remarks on August 10 at a cabinet meeting, Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said his administration will unveil new achievements in the area of the aerospace science in the future, which will be used in different sectors.
Raeisi added the aerospace achievements to be unveiled soon will be of great contribution to the protection of the environment, mining explorations, natural disaster management and monitoring the country’s borders.
He stressed that given the aerospace sector’s importance for accelerating the country’s development in different areas, his administration seeks to compensate for the industry’s insufficient development.