Israel launches new satellite

July 6, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Space Administration in the Directorate of Defence Research and Development of the Israel Ministry of Defence and Israel Aerospace Industries have successfully launched the “Ofek 16” reconnaissance satellite into space.

Israel’s Shavit launcher

The launch was performed this morning from a launch site based in central Israel, using a “Shavit” launcher.

“Ofek 16” is an electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities. During the initial period of operation, the satellite will undergo a series of tests to determine its propriety and performance level.

The Space Administration in the Israel Ministry of Defense has led the development and production of the satellite and the launcher. IAI is the prime contractor, having assigned the program to its Systems, Missiles and Space Group, together with the MLM division, which is responsible for the development of the launcher. The satellite’s payload was developed by Elbit Systems.

The launch engines were developed by Rafael Advanced Systems and Tomer, a government-owned defence company. Additional companies have participated in this program, including Rokar and Cielo.

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