PRETORIA, December 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Iran plans to launch astronauts into space, Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported on Tuesday. “If in 12 years we will be able to launch two ton spaceships to the geostationary orbit, then we will be able to launch an astronaut as well,” the agency quotes Mohammen Ebrahimi, representative of the Iranian Institute of Aerospace Research.
He said that Islamic Republic of Iran plans to develop a capsule of appropriate size, equipped with an emergency catapult system. It will be designed for Low Earth orbit flights. Iran recently announced development of first in the nation’s history piloted spacecraft, capable of carrying up to three crew members on board and equipped with a detachable module.