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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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Israeli microsatellite to help agricultural technologies feed developing countries

U.N. set to debate draft resolution calling for Israel to head efforts to assist agriculture worldwide via the images from its Israeli-French vegetation monitoring microsatellite, Venus.

Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff


The United Nations is expected to announce Monday that Israel will head efforts to assist agriculture worldwide through the analysis of satellite images derived from its Venus satellite.

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

The Venus vegetation and environment monitoring microsatellite, launched into space in late July, was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries in collaboration with the French space agency CNES.

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems produced the satellite’s innovative electric propulsion system, and defense electronics contractor Elbit Systems provided advanced high-resolution cameras that will enable the satellite to better monitor the earth’s vegetation and any changes on the ground. 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 »

Report: South Korea seeks Israeli spy satellite


According to a South Korean news report, Seoul is interested in severing dependance on American spy satellites by gathering first-hand intel from the leasing if an Israeli satellite.



South Korea is considering leasing an Israeli spy satellite, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

According to the report, South Korea is interested in becoming independent in space, rather than being dependent on American spy satellites.

The launch of Israel's Ofek 11 spy satellite. - J'lemPost photo: Courtesy

The launch of Israel’s Ofek 11 spy satellite. – J’lemPost photo: Courtesy

The possibility of leasing an Israeli spy satellite is being considered as tensions have risen on the Korean peninsula due to North Korea’s accelerated development of missiles and its threats to use nuclear weapons. Continue Reading »

After rocky launch, Israel’s Ofek 11 spy satellite fully operational


The head of the Israel Aircraft Industries space division said following initial difficulties after the launch, that Israel’s latest homemade satellite, Ofek 11 is operational and taking fabulous photographs, ‘You should smile when you look up.’

By Associated Press

A new Israeli spy satellite is operational and taking high-quality pictures after suffering technical difficulties during its launch earlier this month, defense officials said Thursday.

Ofek-11 spy satellite launch - Israel Ministry of Defense

Ofek-11 spy satellite launch – Israel Ministry of Defense

Amnon Harari, director of the Defense Ministry’s space administration, said satellite operators downloaded the first images from the Ofek 11 satellite at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday.

“The images are splendid, very good,” he told reporters. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Ofek 11 recon satellite launched into space from Israel


Israel’s latest surveillance satellite is capable of filming 64,000 minutes of footage yearly to complement Israel’s predecessor, Ofek 10, that was launched in April 2014, presumably to monitor Iran and radical militant islamic groups in the region.

By i24news


Israel on Tuesday together with Israel Aerospace Industries launched the Ofek 11 recon satellite into space, the Defense Ministry said.

Launch of “Ofek 10” – Photo: CHANNEL 2

Israel on Tuesday together with Israel Aerospace Industries launched the Ofek 11 recon satellite into space, the Defense Ministry said.

“A short while ago, Israel’s Ministry of Defense, along with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), launched the Ofek 11 satellite into space,” A Defense Ministry statement said. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Massive explosion rocked US Air Force Station prior to Israeli satellite launch


view videoTremendous explosion felt for miles around of an unmanned test rocket during a routine test destroyed the SpaceX launch site in Florida, which was supposed to carry an Israeli communications satellite over the weekend.

By The Associated Press


An explosion rocked a SpaceX launch site Thursday during a routine rocket test. SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred shortly after 9am, according to NASA. The test was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Buildings several miles away shook from the blast, and multiple explosions continued for several minutes. Continue Reading »

IDF satellite program expanding into new spheres

The IDF’s satellite unit shot into action when Niv Asraf had been reported kidnapped, highlighting its capabilities after unprecedented use during ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza.

By Yoav Zitun


Less than an hour after the IDF set up a huge control room in Kiryat Arba to deal with apparent kidnapping, commanders were watching a live satellite feed of Palestinian towns near Hebron, hundreds of kilometers away.

Satellite farm in the western Negev – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

For some in the control room, the technology was familiar. Commanders of Golani, armored, and engineering units joining the search for Niv Asraf had used advanced satellite systems in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge. Continue Reading »

Israel’s satellite TV provider drops BBC World

Due to perceived anti-Israeli bias trickling down to ‘low customer satisfaction’, YES dropped Britain’s flagship broadcaster.



One of Israel’s main satellite TV providers has opted to drop the world-famous British Broadcasting Corporation from its line-up of channels, Israeli media reported Friday.

A BBC logo is pictured on a television screen inside the BBC's New Broadcasting House office in central London, on November 12, 2012 - Photo: Carl Court /AFP

A BBC logo is pictured on a television screen inside the BBC’s New Broadcasting House office in central London, on November 12, 2012 – Photo: Carl Court /AFP

The YES satellite company announced it would no longer host BBC World, as the channel enjoys low ratings in Israel as a consequence of being perceived to harbor anti-Israeli bias. 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 »

Israel Launched ‘Ofek 10’ Spy-Satellite into Space

Israel’s “Ofek 10” spy satellite is an observation radar-based satellite, with advanced photo capabilities in both day & night and in all weather conditions. The satellite will be helpful in monitoring sites across the world.

By Hagai Huberman and Elad Benari


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. Continue Reading »

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 »

New IDF satellite system to be deployed nation-wide


Now army brigade commanders will have access to receive real-time live footage of ground events directly on their secured military mobile phones as new IDF satellite system will be operational in topographically-challenged areas throughout the country.

By Yoav Zitun

In the next few weeks, the three regional IDF commands – Northern, Southern and Central – are expected to be deployed with a new satellite system developed by the Computer Service Directorate.

Illustration (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

Illustration – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The new system will dramatically improve the real-time observation skills on topographically-challenged areas, such as the northern Golan Heights, where explosive devices were planted near an IDF force this past weekend. Continue Reading »

Watch Israel’s Amos IV satellite successful night-launch


Israel’s fourth satellite launches this evening from Kazakhstan. It joins 3 other Israeli satellites, which are still operational.

By Ynet

The satellite Amos 4, operated by the Israeli company Spacecom, has been launched into space from Kazakhstan on Saturday.

Amos IV launch – 31 Aug 2013

The satellite joins Spacecom’s Amos 5, 2 and 3, which are already operational in space. Amos 6 is expected to be space-ready in 2014.


The satellite is carrying sophisticated communication equipment that allows it to function as a remote transmission and broadcast hub. Continue Reading »