Iran launches ‘bio-space capsule’ protoype, aims to fly astronauts by 2030

Iran successfully launched what is being described as an “indigenous bio-capsule” as part of its ambition to launch astronauts into orbit by the end of 2029, according to a senior official.

The launch took place on Wednesday (Dec. 6) and saw the capsule reach a height of 80 miles (130 km), according to Iran’s Mehr News Agency. The capsule weighed 1,100 lbs (500 kg) and was launched atop one of the nation’s Salman solid-propellant rockets.