Israel launches new spy satellite to gather information on Iran nuclear facilities

Published June 23rd, 2010 - 08:15 GMT
Ofek 9
Ofek 9

Israel launched launched late Tuesday a new spy satellite in a southern military base which is to enable its intelligence units to spy on Iran's nuclear facilities. "A few minutes ago...Israel launched the Ofek-9 (Horizon-9) satellite from the Palmachim base," AFP cited the Israeli Foreign Ministry as saying.

"The results of the launch are being examined by the technical team," the statement added.

Israel's public radio said the device, like its predecessors in the Ofek series, can provide high resolution images. Developed by Israel Aircraft Industries and launched on a Shavit rocket, the satellite is aimed at monitoring Iran's nuclear program, the radio added.

According to director of Israel's military space program Chaim Eshed, the Ofek-9 is expected to increase the speed at which Israel can receive high-resolution images of subjects of interest.

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