The federal government will soon allow U.S. commercial remote sensing companies to sell high-resolution satellite images of Israel, changing resolution limits that have been in place for more than two decades.
“I’m very glad for the Dror-1 initiation, and I’m sure it will be followed by Dror-2 and others,” Levy said. “It will give us the right momentum in our space activities.”
Phil Brownnett, currently the managing director of Airbus Defence and Space’s U.K. Geo Intelligence business, will take over as head of smallsat manufacturer SSTL Feb. 1.
The Israeli government has told Spacecom it intends to operate a satellite at the same location as most of Spacecom’s fleet, the Israeli satellite operator said April 30.
Israeli satellite operator Spacecom’s decision to buy its next satellite from U.S. manufacturer Space Systems Loral is jeopardizing Israel’s domestic comsat manufacturing capability.
Israel Aerospace Industries, in its first satellite export contract, has sold a high-resolution optical imaging spacecraft to an unnamed government and is also introducing an all-electric version of its Amos telecommunications satellite line.
The growing popularity of national imaging satellites should play to Israel’s strength in low-weight, high-performance spacecraft. Isaac Ben-Israel says Israel is doing what’s necessary to better equip — and support — its industry on global markets.
ImageSat International suggested its long-delayed Eros-C satellite, now under construction at parent company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), will equal the image sharpness of DigitalGlobe’s current 30-centimeter product.
EFS said its DeOrbiter could salvage the European Galileo satellites in a useless orbit after a failure of a Europeanized Soyuz rocket’s Fregat upper stage.
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IAI risks having its space business growth stunted by a domestic government whose demand is too small to permit expansion, and whose industrial strategy likely would not permit an outright sale of the space division.
Spacecom’s major shareholder has made no secret of its desire to monetize its investment.
Israel conducted its first domestic satellite launch in four years.
El Al Israel Airlines will outfit its Boeing 737 aircraft to provide in-flight satellite broadband using ViaSat’s Exede in the Air service.
Two Israeli-built satellites — one a high-resolution optical reconnaissance spacecraft for the Italian military — will be launched together in early 2016 aboard a European Vega rocket.