Israel Launches 'Ofek 10' Satellite into Space
Israel launches the “Ofek 10” spy satellite into space. The satellite will be helpful in monitoring sites across the world.
Israel launched the spy satellite “Ofek 10” into space on Wednesday evening.
The launch was conducted by the Ministry of Defense at the Palmachim Air Force Base in central Israel.
Upon entering orbit, “Ofek 10” will conduct a series of tests to verify that it is up to the excepted levels of performance.
“Ofek 10” is an observation radar-based satellite, with advanced photo capabilities in both day and night and in all weather conditions.
The satellite is capable of photographing objects the size of half a meter and it will circle the earth once every 99 minutes.
The last spy satellite that Israel launched into space was the “Ofek 9” and that launching took place in June of 2010. The “Ofek 10” is the sixth spy satellite operated by Israel and it can be very helpful in monitoring sites across the world
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Israel launches Ofek 10 radar-based spy satellite
IAI and Defense Ministry launch satellite that can take photos of Earth targets irrespective of weather conditions.
The Defense Ministry and Israeli Aircraft Industries launched a spy satellite into orbit from Palmahim Air Base on Wednesday night.
The satellite, called Ofek 10, uses radar systems for observation.
It was carried into space by a Shavit (“Comet”) launch vehicle.
It soon entered orbit, and is scheduled to undergo a series of checks to ensure that key functions are working correctly.
The SAR (Synthetic aperture radar) satellite has advanced day and night photography capabilities, and will work in all weather conditions, the Defense Ministry said.
The launch was jointly carried out by IAI and the Defense Ministry’s Space Administration, which is a part of the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.
Israel maintains an extensive spy satellite program, which has seen the Defense Ministry invest hundreds of millions of shekels a year in space development and the satellite industry.
Defense officials said the program significantly upgrades the nation’s strategic capabilities, and strengthens the hi-tech sector. The first Israeli military satellite, Ofek 1, went into space in 1988.
Israel is one of 12 countries able to produce and launch its own satellites.
It takes an average of eight years to develop each new satellite.
Quelle: The Jerusalem Post