New Ofek-10 spy satellite operating successfully
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New Ofek-10 spy satellite operating successfully

Defense Ministry official says advanced surveillance spacecraft has conducted several missions above earth

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israel's Ofek-10 satellite takes off from Palmachim air base in central Israel on April 9, 2014. (Ministry of Defense and Israel Aerospace Industries)
Israel's Ofek-10 satellite takes off from Palmachim air base in central Israel on April 9, 2014. (Ministry of Defense and Israel Aerospace Industries)

The Israeli advanced spy satellite “Ofek-10,” launched into orbit in April, has so far been fully functional and has conducted successful missions above the earth, a Defense Ministry official said Thursday.

Amnon Harari, the ministry’s space program director, praised the satellite’s unique surveillance capabilities, and added that all of the spacecraft’s systems were operating as its designers had anticipated, Israel Radio reported.

Ofek-10 was launched from the Palmachim IAF base near Rishon Lezion. The spacecraft currently orbits the Earth every 99 minutes at an altitude of 600 kilometers (373 miles).

According to media reports, the satellite has improved photographic capabilities, is able to distinguish between objects a half a meter in size, and can take pictures under various lighting and weather conditions.

Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.

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