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Israel: Ministry of Defence launches new spy satellite02:29

Israel: Ministry of Defence launches new spy satellite

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July 6, 2020 at 19:02 GMT -00:00 · Published

Israel launched a new electro-optical reconnaissance spy satellite, the Ofek 16, into orbit on Monday.

The Ofek 16, the new satellite, was launched from an undisclosed location in central Israel at 4 AM local time (01.00 GMT) according to the Israeli ministry of defence and Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI).

"Israeli ministry of defence and IAI launched this morning the Ofek 16 Earth observing satellite which is an addition to the current space assets of the ministry of defence, and it will serve to bring necessary intelligence that will allow us to monitor any enemies and threats that we are facing from far away to nearby regions," said the Israeli defence ministry's Space Administration head, Amnon Harari, in Jerusalem.

During the initial period of operation, the satellite will undergo a series of tests in order to verify its performance.

"The satellite is now going around the earth transmitting health monitoring to the ground station in IAI and from now IAI engineers along with IMOD engineers will manage test it in orbit prior to delivery to the IDF," said IAI Space Division GM Shlomi Sudri.

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Israel launched a new electro-optical reconnaissance spy satellite, the Ofek 16, into orbit on Monday.

The Ofek 16, the new satellite, was launched from an undisclosed location in central Israel at 4 AM local time (01.00 GMT) according to the Israeli ministry of defence and Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI).

"Israeli ministry of defence and IAI launched this morning the Ofek 16 Earth observing satellite which is an addition to the current space assets of the ministry of defence, and it will serve to bring necessary intelligence that will allow us to monitor any enemies and threats that we are facing from far away to nearby regions," said the Israeli defence ministry's Space Administration head, Amnon Harari, in Jerusalem.

During the initial period of operation, the satellite will undergo a series of tests in order to verify its performance.

"The satellite is now going around the earth transmitting health monitoring to the ground station in IAI and from now IAI engineers along with IMOD engineers will manage test it in orbit prior to delivery to the IDF," said IAI Space Division GM Shlomi Sudri.

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