Powered by WebAds

Friday, January 29, 2010

IAF seeking 'microsatellites'

At a conference in Herzliya on Wednesday, IAF commander Ido Nechushtan said that the IAF is seeking specialized 'microsatellites.'
Rafael Defense Systems Ltd. and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) teamed up in 2005 to develop lightweight micro-satellites that could be launched aboard a missile from an F-15 fighter jet and orbit the earth.

Israel already conducts missile defense interception tests with Rafael's Blue Sparrow missile that is fired from an F-15 into space and then reenters the atmosphere, impersonating a ballistic missile.

Micro-satellites, officials said, would provide the IDF with a new level of versatility and enable it to launch satellites for specific missions while leaving its main space assets - the Ofek 5, Ofek 7, and TecSar - for intelligence-gathering and strategic operations.


Post a Comment

<< Home