Israel launches new spy satellite

Satellite programme is aimed at boosting intelligence-gathering capabilities in the face of Iran's nuclear programme and Iranian support for militant groups in neighbouring Arab countries.

Israel launches new spy satellite

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israel launched a military spy satellite on Wednesday, four years after sending a similar space vehicle into orbit.

Israeli officials have said before that the nation's satellite programme is aimed at boosting intelligence-gathering capabilities in the face of Iran's nuclear programme and Iranian support for militant groups in neighbouring Arab countries.

The Ofek 10 satellite, whose name is Hebrew for "horizon", blasted off from an Israeli air force test range, a defence ministry statement said. It was the 10th in the Ofek series to be launched into space.

Israeli media said the launch was from Palmachim, a base near the Mediterranean coast south of Tel Aviv and that the satellite showed signs of operating successfully minutes later.

 

Last Mod: 10 Nisan 2014, 09:28
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