Iran today claimed it has successfully flown a monkey on a suborbital rocket flight.


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Iran today claimed it has successfully flown a monkey on a suborbital rocket flight.

The only sources for this story come from Iranian sources, so I remain unsure whether it actually happened.

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  • Steve C

    I was excited about them shooting a monkey into space until I realized they weren’t talking about Ahmadinejad.

  • Chris Kirkendall

    LOL ! ! We WISH ! !

    I was going to comment that the rocket looks pretty small, much smaller than the Redstone that launched Shepard & Grissom on suborbital flights reaching just over 100 mi up. So I’m wondering whether a rocket that size could actually reach 75 mi altitude – ??? That acceleration looked pretty brutal – wonder how many G’s ?? Could a monkey survive that ?? But Steve, your comment beats mine hands down ! !

  • Pzatchok

    So basically they are all hoot’in and hooler’in about not doing as well as Space Ship One did.
    They at least launched a human.

    And they are still years behind reaching an orbital space craft. Like SpaceX and Dragon One.

    They need to hire a private company.
    Obviously the free research that the rest of the world has already done and the financial backing of a whole nation has got them up to about 1950’s technology.

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