March 29, 2023
The launch was tonight from the Palmachim air force base. 'Ofek 13' is a radar-based observation satellite and it will be able to provide photographs in any weather day and night * According to the original launch plan, the satellite entered its orbit around the Earth, began transmitting data and underwent a series of initial tests.
The director of the observatory, Dr. David Polischuk from the Weizmann Institute, says in an interview to the site of the scientist that the telescope is actually an array of 48 small telescopes that together give the opportunity to observe an extremely wide field of view in order to locate planets, supernovae, sources of gravitational waves and more
The upgrade is expected to last several years and will include the construction of a new building to house the upgraded accelerator. Permilab is also planning to build a new particle detector, which will be used to study the particles produced by the Tevatron.