Shavit 2

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Shavit 2 (Hebrew: "comet" - 2 שביט) was the first Israeli sounding rocket, launched on 5 July 1961 for meteorological research.[1] [2]

The weight of Shavit 2 was 250 kilogram and its height was 3.76 meters. The rocket achieved a height of 80 kilometers.

The Shavit sounding rocket is distinct from the later Shavit space launch vehicle also produced by Israel to launch Ofeq reconnaissance satellites into low earth orbit beginning in September 1988.



  • רפא"ל - בניבי המחקר והפיתוח לביטחון ישראל, מאת מוניה מרדור, משרד הביטחון, ההוצאה לאור, ת"א, 1980, ע"ע 319-348
  • מעל האופק - 50 שנות פעילות ישראלית בחלל, מאת דני שלום, באויר פרסומי תעופה, ת"א, 2003, ע"ע 12-15

The above in English:

  • RAFAEL Armament Development Authority... by Munia Merdor, Ministry of Defense publishing, 1980, pages 319-348.
  • Above the Horizon, 50 years of Israel's Space Activity, by Dani Shalom, BaAvir flight publishing, 2003, pages 12–15.