As part of the program, high school students from 7 settlements in the periphery will develop and build tiny satellites and launch them into space by the end of 2024. The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology is investing about NIS 9 million in this program
Tel Aviv University recently won the TBL 2 tender of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology to lead an educational program, in the framework of which high school students from 7 settlements in the periphery will develop and build tiny satellites and launch them into space by the end of 2024. The ministry is investing in this program about 9 million sh "H.
The satellites will be equipped with a detector laboratory produced by the Shurk Nuclear Research Center and will be used for research in areas such as "space weather" monitoring and cosmic radiation. In order to carry out the project, the university will establish R&D centers and clean rooms in schools throughout the country, where the students will build the satellites.
The project will be managed by the Center for Nanosatellites led by Prof. Meir Ariel, and will integrate students and researchers from the Faculties of Engineering and Exact Sciences, both in carrying out the engineering R&D and in the scientific research. Tel Aviv University is at the forefront of research in the fields of "new space", and the university center has already launched 3 tiny scientific satellites into space in less than two years.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, MK Ofir Akunis: "The launch of Tavel 2 is proof of the great success of Tavel, which we launched about three years ago. I believed in the Tavel project immediately when it was presented to me about three years ago and I ordered it to be launched, in a way that would include the maximum number of male and female Israeli students. I undertake as the Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology to continue to strengthen the accessibility of science to all citizens of Israel, while focusing on human capital in general and our future generation in particular."
Prof. Meir Ariel, head of the Center for Nanosatellites at Tel Aviv University and project manager: "Projects in the fields of space engineering combine many diverse fields of science and knowledge. Therefore, students are required not only to deepen their research, but also to be creative and determined, and to cooperate with their colleagues in multi-team research and development work. In this project, for the first time, students from all over the country and from all sectors, Jews, Arabs and Druze, those from the state education, and Olafna girls from the religious education, will work from Nablus to Nablus together with teachers, students and researchers from Tel Aviv University for a common goal that is greater than the sum of its parts - launching a fleet of satellites into space .”
The opening event of the program took place at Tel Aviv University, in the capacity of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, MK Ofir Akunis, and with the participation of the Director General of the Ministry, Mr. Gadi Arieli, and the Director of the Israel Space Agency, Brigadier General Mil. Uri Oron. The event was attended by the approximately 400 students who will participate in the project from the seven local authorities participating in the project, who were blessed by the rector of the university, Prof. Mark Steif, and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Noam Eliez. The guest of honor and the main speaker at the event was the deputy director of NASA, Robert (Bob) Cavanagh, who was previously a test pilot in the US Navy and a space shuttle pilot, and the director of the world's largest space center, the Kennedy Space Center.
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