DEBKAfile Special Report December 14, 2013, 2:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
President Hassan Rouhani announced Saturday, Dec. 14, that Iran had launched a monkey into space and brought it back to earth safely aboard a home-made bio-capsule. debkafile: This confirmed that Iran's missiles can reach any point on earth - notwithstanding its commitments under the Geneva accord signed last month. By marching out of the Vienna conference Friday – in response to new US sanctions - the Iranian delegation left the entire accord up in the air before details of its implementation were settled, or a date set for a nuclear freeze.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 15, 2013, 7:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran will parade its ballistic rocket achievements by sending monkeys into space next month. This was announced by Hamid Fazeli, head of the country’s space agency, Tuesday, Jan. 15. debkafile: Since firing the first Iranian-made satellite, the 27-kilogram Omid, in February 2009, Tehran has developed a rocket with a payload capacity of 330 kilograms, capable of placing nuclear warheads anywhere on the face of the earth. The Iranians habitually mask advances in their nuclear and missile programs as pure scientific research.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 20, 2010, 7:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Blastoff of the unmanned X-37B space plane from Kennedy Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Space Center was delayed until Thursday, April 22, to allow Discovery to return to earth at the nearby Kennedy Space Center. With many of its features kept secret, the US Air Force project has sparked speculation that the little Orbital Test Vehicle is the space version of the US Predator drone.