Iran’s English language television service Press TV has released footage of the successful launch of a small monkey aboard a Kavoshgar launch vehicle. The Pishgam (Pioneer) capsule was recovered intact with the monkey still alive after its suborbital flight into space. Such flights will allow Iran to perfect life support systems for manned systems. Iran has a declared aim of launching a human into space by 2019. That statement of intent did not specify whether this would be a fully orbital flght or a suborbital one. Iran has already launched small satellites into orbit and is believed to be working on much larger launch vehicles to carry larger spacecraft. One of these might one day be manned.