Israel Aerospace building more spy satellites

EROS satellite

The new satellites, planned for launch in 2018, will employ either Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) or electro-optical payloads.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) has recently commenced construction of new observation satellites, employing either Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) or electro-optical payloads. These innovative new satellites will utilize the advanced technologies, experience, and know-how developed over the years by IAI, and provide the users with cutting edge performance. The new satellites are planned to be launched from 2018 onwards.

One of the satellites is Eros C, a commercial high-resolution imagery satellite for ImageSat International (ISI). Eros C, weighing less than 400 kg, will join Eros-A and Eros-B in orbit in 2018. Eros-C will allow ISI to offer its commercial customers high-quality imagery and superior resolution, increased coverage and improved accuracies.

Another satellite under construction these days is the unique TECSAR, which employs a Synthetic Aperture Radar payload, designed to provide images during day, night and under all weather conditions. IAI was a pioneer in this field, launching its first TECSAR satellite in 2008, and has since continuously improved its capabilities. With very high resolution, and extremely high maneuverability due to its light weight, TECSAR is designed to provide a wide range of tactical intelligence capabilities to demanding users.

Among the new satellites is also the lightweight, highly maneuverable OPTSAT 3000 which includes a large, 70 cm diameter telescope that provides resolutions better than 40 cm and enables extremely flexible intelligence gathering.

IAI president & CEO Joseph Weiss said, "These satellites join an impressive family of satellites developed, produced, launched and operated by IAI. We are very proud to be standing at the forefront of the field of advanced observation satellites. We aim to maintain this strategic position even as it evolves and performance continues to improve - achieving the performance of large satellites in a small, affordable package. This is further proof of IAI's considerable technological and engineering capabilities".

These new satellites join, among others, the 5.3 ton AMOS 6 communication satellite, Italian OPTSAT 3000 and the scientific Venus observation satellite currently being built at IAI for the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and France Space Agency (CNES).

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on October 14, 2015

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