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NASA to deploy Israeli made solar-power generator on Int’l Space Station

Israel’s miniaturized solar-power generator becomes ‘one giant leap’ for private commercial space missions.



A new prototype miniaturized solar-power generator developed in Israel will be sent by NASA to the International Space Station in its first launches of 2020. The new generator was designed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s professor emeritus Jeffrey Gordon – funded through a research grant by the Science, Technology and Space Ministry – and by his US colleagues from Pennsylvania State University, University of Illinois, George Washington University, US Naval Research Laboratory, HNU Systems and Northwestern University. Its design and verification were published in the journal Optics Express. Continue Reading »

Another mysterious accident takes out 3rd Iranian launch this year

Satellite photos show black plume of smoke from explosion on Iran Space Center launch pad, in what appears to be a result of their third satellite launch failure this year alone.
– Iranian officials didn’t immediately acknowledge the catastrophic event.

By Associated Press


A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone.State media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the incident at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province. Continue Reading »

Israel’s SpaceIL spacecraft scheduled to land on moon by early 2019

Israel to become 4th country to launch spacecraft with moon landing.
– SpaceIL’s CEO, “The spot chosen is relatively flat and the spacecraft will have eye contact with the Earth … Once the spacecraft reaches the landing point, it becomes completely autonomous.”

By Yaron Drukman, Associated Press, and Reuters


The Israeli organization SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced at a press conference Tuesday that it hopes to become the first non-governmental Israeli entity to land a spacecraft on the moon.

The spacecraft will be transferred to the US in November, before being launched in December, and plans are in place to land on the moon on February 13, 2019. Continue Reading »

Israel’s spacecraft to the moon begins construction

SpaceIL has undertaken to promote scientific & technological education in Israel, working with Israel Aerospace Industries that is currently assembling SpaceIL’s spacecraft to inspire the next generation in Israel to study science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

By Ynet


SpaceIL, the Israeli representative in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, is making giant strides to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon, after the base structure of the craft was received at IAI facilities earlier this week.

The skeleton of the spacecraft consists of two perforated “sandwich” boards, upper and lower plates and a cone ring structure.

These components, designed by an aerospace industry and manufactured in Spain by IberEspacio, complement the sub-system structure of the spacecraft to be launched to the moon during the coming year. Continue Reading »

Israeli-Swiss company sends mini lab designed for experiments in space


SpacePharma says its miniature lab is a new way for researchers to work in microgravity for extended periods. Founder Yossi Yamin, “We upload the link with the command files to the lab and the experiment takes place.”

Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


Orbiting the earth at more than 500 kilometers (300 miles), a tiny satellite with a laboratory the size of a tissue box is helping scientists carry out experiments that take gravity out of the equation.

Launch of the Indian Space Research Organization’s PSLV-C37 rocket, which carried SpacePharma’s DIDO nanosatellite – SpacePharma website

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Israel’s Subcommittee on Space says Jewish State needs 4 communication satellites


Israel’s Knesset Subcommittee on Space says restarting satellite program must be made a national priority
after the loss of Amos-5 & Amos-6 satellites, leaving Israel with only 2 working communication satellites.

Ilan Gattegno


Israel will have only two communications satellites in space in 2017, but it needs to maintain four satellites in orbit, a new report by the Knesset Subcommittee on Space said.

The panel, reporting to the Knesset Science and Technology Committee, was set up following the loss of the Amos-5 and Amos-6 communications satellites.

AMOS 6 explodes Sept. 1, 2016 – YouTube Screenshot

Communications with Amos-5 was lost in November 2015, while Amos-6 was destroyed in Sept. Continue Reading »

Japanese philanthropist dedicates $3 million planetarium in Netanya


view videoJapanese businessman, Rikoho Madarame, 79, who said, “I have a special place in my heart for the Jews,” funded $2 million of the $3 million to the Madarame Planetarium and Meditation Center in Netanya.
• Meanwhile, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden is also in Israel, participating in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment science & education initiative, of which NASA is a partner.

By Nitzi Yakov and Ilan Gattegno


The city of Netanya was set to dedicate a $3 million science and space center on Monday. The 1,000-square-meter (11,000-square-foot) Madarame Planetarium and Meditation Center was largely funded by Japanese businessman and philanthropist Rikoho Madarame, 79, who arrived in Israel on Sunday with his wife and daughter. Continue Reading »

UN History: To the Arabs’ Dismay, Egypt Supports Israel in UN Vote


In an unprecedented vote at the UN, Egypt votes to allow the Jewish State’s membership into the United Nations space committee, UNOOSA – triggering the anger of Arab states.

By Ari Soffer


For the first time since Israel’s establishment in 1948, Egypt has voted in the Jewish state’s favor in the United Nations.

UN General Assembly

UN General Assembly – Reuters

The vote came during elections for membership in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Affair (UNOOSA) late last week.

The vote for Israel triggered angry criticism among Arab social media users, with some even creating a hashtag “Egypt votes for Israel” to criticize the vote.

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Israeli Gamma Ray Protective Vest to Serve U.S. Astronauts

Israeli company teams up with Lockheed Martin to begin joint R&D to evaluate the viability of its gamma radiation defense shields for deep-space exploration.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


An Israeli company is partnering with Lockheed Martin for joint research and development (R&D) to see if its radiation shielding technology – initially designed to protect nuclear first responders from gamma radiation – can be used to defend astronauts exploring deep space.


StemRad, based in Tel Aviv with a branch in Palo Alto, California, works with militaries, nuclear energy sources and governmental agencies to create protection equipment for first responders to radiological events and disasters.
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Today Google honored Israel’s 1st astronaut Ilan Ramon, killed on Columbia space shuttle

For Ramon’s 60th Birthday visitors in Israel using the popular search engine saw a cartoon portraying Ramon as he gazes out into space.


Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut to enter space and who tragically perished along with his fellow crewmembers of the Columbia space shuttle over ten years ago, was paid tribute on Friday by Google’s Hebrew page to mark the occasion of his 60th birthday.


Ilan Ramon

Google’s Israel page pays homage to late astronaut Ilan Ramon on what would have been his 60th birthday. – Photo: GOOGLE

Visitors to the popular search engine saw a cartoon depicting Ramon as he gazes out into space. 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 »

SEEKING: Ride to the Moon for One Torah


The Israel based ‘Torah on the Moon’ project has commissioned the European Space Agency to carry a special capsule designed to protect the Torah for at least 10,000 years.



The European Space Agency has been commissioned to participate in a project to carry a Torah scroll to the moon, according to New Scientist magazine.

Scribe completes Torah scroll

An ultra-Orthodox scribe completing a Torah scroll. Combining all five books together revolutionized Hebrew printing. – Photo: AP

The commission, which was confirmed by the agency’s engineering arm in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, came from a Tel Aviv-based group called, appropriately, the Torah on the Moon project.

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UAE Islamic organization issues fatwa against travel to Mars

After hearing of Mars One announcement of future missions to Mars, UAE state-run Muslim authority issues fatwa saying traveling to Mars akin to suicide.



A Muslim organization in the United Arab Emirates has issued a fatwa barring followers of Islam from living on Mars, according to a Wednesday report in the British newspaper the Daily Mail.

NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, before pulling off a flawless landing on the Martian soil. - Image NASA JPL-Calteched

NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, before pulling off a flawless landing on the Martian soil. – Image: NASA JPL-Caltech

The fatwa was issued after Mars One, a Netherlands-based non-profit which aims to colonize the red planet, announced that it will build a colony for four people on Earth’s nearest neighbor by 2025. Continue Reading »

Iran sets up space tracking center to monitor objects in orbit

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that the Defense Minister said the space-center was for Iran’s space-related security but that Tehran would share the acquired data with other countries.

Iran said Sunday that it set up its first space tracking center to monitor objects passing in orbit overhead.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ahmad Vahidi - AP - 18.4.2012

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second left, listening to his Defense Minister, Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, as a rocket is paraded during army parade ceremony marking National Army Day outside Tehran, April 18, 2012. – Photo: AP


Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the center was for Iran’s space-related security but that Tehran would also share the acquired data with other countries, the official IRNA news agency reported. Continue Reading »

Israeli group plans to launch to moon in 2015

Space IL to demonstrate ground-breaking technology in the field of miniature smart spacecraft.

Space IL’s goal of sending a space module to the moon in 2015 receives significant backing from Bezeq telecommunications company

Ilan Gattegno


The Space IL organization has set an ambitious goal for itself – to send an Israeli spaceprobe to the moon in 2015. The project received significant backing on Monday when the Bezeq telecommunications company announced it had signed on.

Fly me to the moon: A model of the spacecraft that Space IL plans to send to the moon in 2015. – Photo: Alon Hadar

Bezeq will provide the advanced communications infrastructure needed for the spaceflight and also support Space IL’s educational activities.

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