Iran is set to unveil a new “space observatory” that will serve as the centerpiece of its space program, and may launch “living creatures” into orbit “in the coming days,” according to state-run media reports.
The new space base will act as headquarters from which the Iranian military can monitor Tehran’s future “expeditionary space missions,” according to Iran’s defense minister, who was quoted Monday in Iran’s Fars News Agency.
Tehran will also unveil sometime between the end of January and early February “the latest home-made fighter jets,” Fars reported.
The Mehr News Agency quoted Iranian Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, who serves as the regime’s minister of defense and armed forces logistics, saying that the new space base will oversee Iranian space cargo missions.
“In upcoming days and Fajr (victory of the Revolution) anniversary ceremonies, an observatory called Imam Sadeq (AS) will be unveiled, with the mission of observing outer space cargo missions of the country,” Vahidi said.
Asked if Iran will “dispatch” any “living creatures” into space, Vahidi reportedly said, “God willing, this will be done in the coming days.” Several reports indicate Iran’s goal is to send monkeys into space.