Tag Archive for Israel Space Agency

13 Yr-Old Israeli Girl Develops Oxygen Producing System for Space

Through a process of photosynthesis, the budding young Israeli scientist’s satellite will produce oxygen in space.

By Ruthie Blum


A 13-year-old Israeli girl has invented a system for the production of oxygen in space, the Hebrew youth paper Ma’ariv L’Noar reported on Thursday, along with an interview with the budding tween scientist from Ramat Hasharon.

The recent winner of the “Satellite Is Born” award from the Israel Space Agency, Roni Oron developed BioSat “to solve a problem for astronauts trying to prove that life on Mars is possible.”

Budding Israeli scientist, Roni Oron, with her oxygen production device. – Photo: Family photo.

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‘Made in Israel’ Anti-Radiation Vest to be Tested by NASA In Deep Space


NASA plans to use Israeli firm’s StemRad’s upper-body vest, that protects vital organs, bone marrow & tissues that are especially sensitive to radiation, in future manned missions to space.

By Tofi Stoler


The Israel Space Agency (ISA) announced on Tuesday that it is entering an agreement with NASA to test a radiation suit manufactured by Israeli company StemRad Ltd. during a deep space mission. The agreement is scheduled to be signed at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado later that day.

StemRad’s anti-radiation vest. – Photo: PR

Dubbed AstroRad, the vest-like suit, first adapted for female astronauts, protects vital body organs and tissues which are especially sensitive to radiation damage such as lungs, bone marrow, the large intestine, the chest and the ovaries, the agency said in a statement. Continue Reading »

Israel’s mini space lab arrives at International Space Station

Israel’s 5.1lb mini-lab developed by SpacePharm will be conducting its first experiments on living cells in microgravity environment, simulating body temperature, and will be controlled remotely from Earth.

By Ilan Gattegno


An Israeli-developed, state-of-the-art space laboratory hosting four science experiments docked in the International Space Station Tuesday after a successful launch.

The space lab, built by Israeli company SpacePharma with the support of the Science Ministry’s Israel Space Agency,  is unique in that it requires no physical human contact, as it is controlled remotely by researchers on Earth.

Two of the experiments to be conducted on the space lab were developed by American researchers and one was developed by Swiss researchers. Continue Reading »

An Israeli First: Israel launches 2 satellites together this week


This coming Wednesday, the Israel Space Agency will launch two satellites into space from the French launch center in Koro, New Guinea, one a spy satellite, the other for research.
– Israel Space Agency chief, Avi Blasberger: ‘Several countries are interested in our observation satellites.’

By Udi Etsion<


In 1984, Avi Blasberger was one of the first engineers at the Elop company, now owned by Elbit Systems, transferred to working on a top secret project: developing the camera for Israel’s forthcoming spy satellite, a capability only possessed by the US and the USSR at the time.

Illustration of the VENµS satellite – Image credit- CNES, IAI

“Years later, a South Korean delegation visited us and asked who taught us to build satellites,” recounts Blasberger, now the director of the Israel Space Agency. Continue Reading »

13 Yr-Old Israeli Girl Invents Satellite System That Produces Oxygen


Roni Oron, from Ramat Hasharon, Israel, won the “Satellite is Born” competition hosted by the Israel Space Agency, with a satellite that has the potential to create oxygen in space.


A 13-year-old Israeli girl has invented a system for the production of oxygen in space, the Hebrew youth paper Ma’ariv L’Noar reported on Thursday, along with an interview with the budding teen scientist from Ramat Hasharon.

Roni Oron poses for a picture along with astronaut Sunita Williams. – Photo: Family

The recent winner of the “Satellite Is Born” award from the Israel Space Agency, Roni Oron developed BioSat “to solve a problem for astronauts trying to prove that life on Mars is possible.” Continue Reading »

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin speaks at Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem


Famed astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, was honored speaker at the 66th Int’l Astronautical Congress, where over 2,000 people from 58 nations met in Israel. 

By Yaron Druckman


The second man to walk on the moon, former American astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, told a press conference in Jerusalem on Monday that the only reason Neal Armstrong was able to make the historic first step on the moon in July 1969 was “because he was standing closer to the door.”

Aldrin arrived in Israel this week to participate in the 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Jerusalem, the largest annual event designed for the study and development of the space industry, which is being hosted by the Israel Space Agency.  Continue Reading »

Israeli team signs deal with SpaceX for lead in Google moon race


Israel’s SpaceIL makes deal with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, accelerating them to front of 16 rival teams and on schedule for blast-off in late 2017.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a deal with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday.

With the deadline to win a $20 million first-place prize just two years off, pressure is mounting on the 16 rivals from around the world hoping to complete a privately funded moon landing. Continue Reading »

Israel’s nanosatellite will locate lost travelers despite no cellular reception

Israeli high-school students designed a ‘mini’ satellite that can precisely identify travelers’ location in global areas where there’s no cellphone reception.


Good things come in nano-packages: Israeli high-school students launched on Thursday night Israel’s first nanosatellite, which will aid stranded travelers worldwide to pinpoint their location, JNS reported.

Duchifat-1 nanosatellite

Duchifat-1 nanosatellite – Photo: Royroy903

The satellite, an 860-gram cube measuring 10 centimeters in each dimension, was designed and built by teens studying at the Herzliya Science Center, sponsored by the Israel Space Agency and the Herzliya Municipality.


Duchifat (Hoopoe): Israel’s national bird – Photo: Wikicommons

Called Duchifat-1, after Israel’s petite national bird, the device was launched into space from the Yasny Airbase in Russia. Continue Reading »

Israel’s satellites to be eyes in the sky for int’l search & rescue efforts



Israel will start providing satellite data as well as images that will help rescuers operate at disaster scenes all over the world, increasing the nation’s contribution to international search and rescue efforts.

The EROS A satellite is launched into space – Photo: Reuters

The idea for Israel’s satellites to serve as eyes in the sky at disaster sites came about as part of the ongoing cooperation between the Israel Space Agency and the U.N. Continue Reading »

Casino tycoon Adelson donates $16.4 million for Israel space project


SpaceIL, reports to building the world’s smallest spacecraft, is participating in the prestigious Google Lunar X Prize competition.



Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife have donated $16.4 million to SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon.


SpaceIL is participating in the Google Lunar X Prize competition. – Photo: Screenshot

SpaceIL, a participant in the prestigious Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) competition, announced the donation in a press release on Wednesday.

“Sheldon and I are very excited to be supporting SpaceIL in an effort to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon,” said Dr.

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Israel sends dishwasher-sized spacecraft to the moon


Israel’s unmanned craft is small, weighing only 140 kilograms (310 lb.), & will be fitted with 9 computers and 8 cameras.

If successful, the landing of the first private craft on the moon will win the Israeli group SpaceIL, a $20 million Google LunarX Prize.

By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


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Israel’s 1st non-military satellite to be launched into orbit in 2015



Israel will launch its first civilian satellite into orbit in December 2015, Israel Space Agency Chairman Maj. Gen. (res) Yitzhak Ben Israel told reporters on Thursday.

The Venus Vegetation and Environment Monitoring New Microsatellite program was the joint project of the Israel Space Agency and French space agency Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES). Continue Reading »