Ofek-10

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Ofek-10
Mission type Radar reconnaissance
Operator Israeli Ministry of Defence
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer IAI
Start of mission
Launch date 9 April 2014 (2014-04-09)
Rocket Shavit-2
Launch site Palmachim
Contractor Israel Space Agency

Ofek-10, also known as Ofeq 10, is part of the Ofeq family of reconnaissance satellites designed and built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Ofek-10 is an upgraded variant of Ofek-8, which employes a high-resolution synthetic aperture radar that is capable of observation at night and through clouds.[1][2]

Ofeq-10 was launched on April 9, 2014 from Palmachim Airbase in Israel, four years after Ofek-9 launch. It was delivered using the Shavit launcher.[3]

Satellite price was $300 million. The satellite weighs 400 kg.[4] Ofeq-10 was launched westward in a retrograde orbit.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Clark (10 April 2014). "All-weather surveillance satellite put in orbit by Israel". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Israel Launches OFEQ 10 Spy Satellite". Defense Update. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Israel launches new reconnaissance satellite". Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Офек-10
  5. ^ "srael Launches New Spy Satellite". ABC News. Retrieved 12 April 2014.