Iran launches satellite rocket, carrying 'live animals'

State television's website said it was carrying "live animals" -- a rat, turtles and worms.

Iran launches satellite rocket, carrying 'live animals'


Iran test-fired a domestically made satellite-carrier rocket carrying live animals on Wednesday, Iranian media said.

State television's website said it was carrying "live animals" -- a rat, turtles and worms.

"Iran successfully launches home-built Kavoshgar-3 satellite rocket," English-language television station Press TV said.

"The capsule has the ability to send back empirical data," the website said.

State television showed footage of the rocket being fired from a desert launchpad leaving behind a thick plume of smoke.

A few minutes later the grainy images showed the capsule detaching from the rocket and spinning in orbit.

State television also carried pictures of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiling another home-built satellite rocket dubbed the Simorgh.

The rocket would transfer electronic data and live footage back to earth, it said.

Other state media also reported the test. Iranian media said earlier the Islamic Republic would on Wednesday unveil three new satellites and another satellite carrier, named Simorgh.

The reports said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended an official presentation ceremony in Tehran. It coincides with a 10-day period of national events marking the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Exactly one year ago, Iran launched a domestically made satellite into orbit for the first time. It has said the launch of the Omid satellite was for telecommunications and research purposes.


Agencies

Last Mod: 03 Şubat 2010, 16:27
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