Israel launches Ofek 10 radar-based spy satellite

By YAAKOV LAPPIN

ShowImage.jpg 10Photo by: DEFENSE MINISTRY/IAI

IAI and Defense Ministry launch satellite that can take photos of Earth targets irrespective of weather conditions.

The Defense Ministry and Israeli Aircraft Industries launched a spy satellite into orbit from Palmahim Air Base on Wednesday night.

The satellite, called Ofek 10, uses radar systems for observation.

It was carried into space by a Shavit (“Comet”) launch vehicle.

It soon entered orbit, and is scheduled to undergo a series of checks to ensure that key functions are working correctly.

 

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