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Iran launched its first indigenous satellite Omid (Hope) (shown) into space in 2009.

Deputy Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli says Iran plans to send second living creature into space in the near future.

Fazeli said Saturday that the living organism would be sent to space on board a liquid-fuel carrier within the next 45 days.

Iran managed to successfully send a living creature into space on a solid-liquid carrier and return it to earth safely, said the official, adding that the second sending of a living creature into space would be carried out on a liquid-fuel carrier which has less acceleration but more accuracy.

Fazeli also said that Iran plans to launch Tadbir (Prudence), Sharifsat and Nahid satellites into orbit by the end of the current Iranian year (ending March 20, 2014).

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

The country successfully launched its first indigenous data-processing satellite, Omid (Hope), into orbit in 2009.

As part of a 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.

Iran also launched its domestically-built Navid-e Elm-o Sanat (Harbinger of Science and Industry) satellite into orbit in February 2012. The records made by the telecom, measurement and scientific satellite could be used in a wide range of fields.

Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations’ Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space which was set up in 1959.


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