Tehran successfully launches satellite rocket

ESISC: Iranian media reported that Tehran successfully test-fired a domestically made satellite-carrier rocket on Wednesday.

Ahmad VahidiIran’s Defence Minister, stated that the Kavoshgar 3 (Explorer) rocket, which was successfully launched, carried a mouse, a turtle and worms into space for research purposes.

Speaking at a ceremony that marks Iran’s “Space Technology Day” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed his country’s progress in space technology. Another domestically-built light booster rocket — the Simorgh(Phoenix) — and three new satellites — Toloo (Dawn), Navid (Good News), and Mesbah-2 (Lantern) — were also unveiled at the ceremony.

The international community is concerned that Iran will use its space technology for military purposes, but Teheran said the satellites would be used to monitor natural disasters and improve telecommunications.

Earlier on Tuesday, president Ahmadinejad announced that Tehran was willing to send its uranium abroad for further enrichment as requested by the UN. He said Iran will have “no problem” giving the West its low-enriched uranium. Ahmadinejad did not however, give details concerning the amount of uranium he was willing to ship out. The International Atomic Energy Agency gave no immediate comments so far.