SHALOM (satellite)

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Spaceborne Hyperspectral Applicative Land and Ocean Mission
Mission type Earth Observation, Research
Operator ASI
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer El-Op
Selex ES
Hyper-spectral Imaging Spectrometer
Panchromatic camera
Spectral ranges VNR/SWIR Spectrometers

Spaceborne Hyperspectral Applicative Land and Ocean Mission (SHALOM) is a joint mission by the Israeli Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency to develop two commercial hyperspectral satellite.

Originally declared in 2009,[1][2] The mission was agreed upon in late 2010, to design two satellites.[3]

Preliminary studies for the program started in 2012."SELEX Galileo in Charge of Hyperspectral Instrument for Italian-Israeli SHALOM Space Mission". Selex ES. Retrieved 21 November 2013. </ref>. As studies developed, the program changed to contain one joint satellite. In October 2015 a memorandum of understanding was signed, and the satellite is slated to become fully operational in 2021.[4] The project is expected to cost over $200 million, with the cost being split evenly between the two countries.[5]


The joint mission is expected to build a hyperspectral Earth observation satellites that will occupy the same orbit as the older Italian satellite, COSMO-SkyMed which was launched in 2007. The satellite will be equipped with instruments targeting the visible, infrared, and ultraviolet wavelengths in the 400 nm to 2700 nm range.

The satellites are expected to be equipped with:

  • Panchromatic camera with a 2.5-m GSD[4]
  • Commercial Hyperspectral Imaging Spectrometer (0.2-2.5 µm)[6]
  • Infrared camera (4-12 µm)
  • Spectral ranges (contiguous spectrum):


  1. ^ "Zvi Kaplan, Director, Israel Space Agency". Spacenews. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Dekel, Tal. "Israeli Civilian Space Program: Turning Swords into Plowshares" (PDF). Israel Space Agency. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Italy and Israel: all clear for SHALOM". Italian Space Agency. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "The Shalom Mission". Israel Space Agency. December 16, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Israel, Italy To Build Hyperspectral Satellites". Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Prof. Ezio Bussoletti. "Space Observations for Agriculture and Food Support" (PDF). Italian Space Agency. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 

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