"To carry out research studies, we will launch a bio-capsule containing a living creature to the space," Head of Iran's Aerospace Center Mohsen Bahrami told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the 'Space Week' in Tehran today.
Noting that the bio-capsule will be tasked with carrying out different studies in the space, Bahrami stressed that the study plans for the project have begun.
Earlier today, Iran's Aerospace Research Center also declared that it would launch its third research rocket called Kavoshgar (Explorer) into space by the end of March 2010.
"The third Iranian Kavoshgar rocket will be sent into the space by the end of the current (Iranian) year (ending on March 20) to do research studies," Mohammad Ebrahimi, 'Kavoshgar Project' Manager, said at the same ceremony in Tehran.
Iran launched its first research rocket on Feb. 4 when it also announced activity of its first space center and its first indigenous satellite - called Omid, or Hope.
Pointing out that Kavoshgar 3 rockets can be employed in different researches and tests, Ebrahimi reiterated the rockets can be sent to altitudes between 50 and 150 km in height which, he said, is a no fly zone for aircrafts and satellites.
Iran's Kavoshgar 2 was successfully launched in December 2008. The rocket consisted of a carrier, space-lab and restoration system.
The rocket analyzed air pressure and wind speed, and conducted astronomical tests at altitudes of 50 to 200 km (30 to 125 miles).
Kavoshgar 2 was a two-stage solid fuel rocket capable of carrying a small payload and reentering the lower atmosphere with a high degree of accuracy.
Iran has long declared the goal of developing a space program. The country's space program, like the nuclear power program, has provoked unease for those opposing Iran's progress and prosperity.