24 June 2010

Israel launched new Ofek 9 spy satellite

Last night, Israel launched "Ofek-9" (Horizon 9),
adding yet another spy satellite to Israel's intelligence arsenal.
(photos from Israel's Ministry of Defense spokesman)

"When we wish to examine targets, we need our own satellites to do the job," a senior defense official said. "The new satellite will enable us to perform frequent activity at higher resolution."

The satellite was launched from the Palmachim Air Force base in central Israel, in line with a pre-determined plan unrelated to recent developments, officials said.

The Defense Ministry issued an official statement, saying that the Ofek 9 satellite "was launched and successfully injected into orbit by means of a Shavit satellite launcher."

"In the next phase, the satellite will undergo several tests for validation of its serviceability and satisfactory performance," the statement said, noting that Ofek 9 is an "advanced technology remote sensing satellite."

You can watch the launch here

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PetrolClock said...

i was hoping it was a nuke heading to iran :/

Jo Ellen Davey Cohen said...

The Ofek 9 Spy Satellite: A Majestic Display Of The Israeli Alpha One Defense System.

CJS3 said...

Do you think your 12th century neighbors grasp the significance of Israel launching it's own satellites?


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