Israel Launches New, Advanced ‘Ofek 10’ Spy Satellite

by | Apr 11, 2014 | Israel, Standing With Israel

Israel’s Defense Ministry launched a new observation satellite into orbit on Wednesday.

“The successful launch of the Ofek 10 satellite last night is additional testimony to Israel’s impressive ability to develop and lead the way in technology,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday. “The Ofek 10 satellite is meant to improve the state of Israel’s intelligence capability and to allow the defense establishment to better deal with threats both near and far, at any time of day and in any weather.”

Israel announced the launch of the Ofek 10 late Wednesday. The launch was carried out with state-owned Israel Aircraft Industries. The Ofek 10 is the latest in a line of spy satellites and was designed and built by the Defense Ministry, led by its Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT), IAI and other partners.

It is a synthetic-aperture radar satellite, equipped with advanced imaging capability both for daytime and nighttime, in any weather conditions.

The Ofek 10 was launched into space by the Shavit satellite launcher from an Israeli Air Force test range. According to a Defense Ministry statement, once the satellite was in orbit, it would undergo a series of tests to determine if it was functioning properly.

Israel Military Industries developed and built the main rocket engines on the satellite launcher as well as many other systems within the launcher.

Israel is expected to use the satellite to keep tabs on Iran and hostile terror groups in the region.

The Defense Ministry spends hundreds of millions of shekels each year on space and satellite development.

Israel’s first satellite, Ofek 1, was launched into orbit in 1988, making Israel the seventh country to achieve full capability to build and launch satellites into space. There are now 12 such countries, including Israel, the United States, Russia, China, France, Italy, Britain, India, South Korea, Japan, Ukraine and Iran.

The last observation satellite Israel launched, the Ofek 9, was launched in June 2010. Unlike all other countries, Israel must launch its satellites in a westward direction, against the direction the earth spins, to avoid launching over Arab countries.

Because they orbit in the opposite direction, Israeli satellites are built to be extremely light to facilitate the launch. The satellites orbit the earth once every 90 minutes.

For the original article, visit israelhayom.com.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Spirit-Filled Pastor: Can I Ask God for Confirmation?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: Can I Ask God for Confirmation?

There are many incidents of God giving people a sign throughout the Bible. Although I believe God still does this, I also believe that we must be careful. Asking for a sign can be misleading if other factors are not taken into consideration. In Genesis, we find an...

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: Are You Ready To Meet Jesus?

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: Are You Ready To Meet Jesus?

The last words Jesus spoke to me in my 23 Minutes In Hell vision were, “Tell them I am coming very, very soon.” Then He repeated Himself and said again, “Tell them I am coming very, very soon.” The Bible is clear that Jesus is coming back to rapture His believers,...

The Best Way to Love Others and Yourself

The Best Way to Love Others and Yourself

I believe that other than the gospel regarding salvation through faith in Christ, learning to walk in love is the most important lesson in God’s Word. Jesus says that love is the most important commandment (Mark 12:28–31). The apostle Paul writes that love is the...

Prophecy: The Breach in Our Nation Will Be Repaired

Prophecy: The Breach in Our Nation Will Be Repaired

Praise be to Almighty God, righteous judge, holy of holies, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. The earth is His footstool, and to His kingdom there is no end! Breached Births The Spirit of the Lord says this day: “There has been a breach—breached births, My...

10 Reasons the Apostolic Movement Is Essential to Gospel Expansion

10 Reasons the Apostolic Movement Is Essential to Gospel Expansion

The global apostolic movement is the most significant expression of Christianity today. This is the view expressed by historian Philip Jenkins. He talks about the rapid expansion of the church in the global south, much of which is reminiscent of the first-century...

Experience a Better Kind of Love in Your Relationships

Experience a Better Kind of Love in Your Relationships

Do you have any relationship struggles? Perhaps you want to learn how to love, for real. Too often today, people search for a fairytale love and are disappointed when the fairytale fizzles, which it will. Michael Gibson, author of Real Life Love, challenges folks to...

The Power of Godly Words Over Another Life—and Yours

The Power of Godly Words Over Another Life—and Yours

Have the words that others have spoken over you ever significantly impacted you? Words can birth destinies on the inside of us and bring hope to our hearts for the future. They have the power to ignite our dreams and give life to our souls. At the same time, negative...

RECENT ARTICLES

How You Can Foil the Plot Against Your Life

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Jesus warned us that we have an enemy, and he is a thief. He steals our joy, purpose,...
Activating Introverts in Evangelism

Activating Introverts in Evangelism

 Many believers mistakenly think that evangelism is only for charismatic, extroverted personality types. If they aren’t called to be evangelists, they shrink back from sharing the gospel with the lost entirely. The scriptural reality is that fivefold ministers, and...

Pin It on Pinterest

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]