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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Israel Launches Ofeq 9

Israel has launched its latest reconaissance satellite, Ofeq 9, from the Palmachim space launch/missile test base. It will be Israel's third currently active spy satellite. Shimon Peres is reported to have told Israel Aerospace Industries that "The launch of the satellite represents a most impressive entrance for Israel into a new realm, that provides a significant and qualitative advantage to Israel in obtaining information from far away areas in the world." Official statements, however, have not suggested it contains any major technological breakthroughs over earlier satellites in the series. Video:

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