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A model of an Israeli observation satellite will be displayed for the first time at an international exhibition at the UN headquarters

The model of the Israeli satellite Offset 2000 on display at the UN headquarters in Vienna (photo: Ministry of Science, Technology and Space)
The model of the Israeli satellite Offset 2000 on display at the UN headquarters in Vienna (photo: Ministry of Science, Technology and Space)

A model of a civilian observation satellite made in Israel will be presented for the first time at a space exhibition at the United Nations where the member states of the prestigious space club - including the USA, Russia and even Iran - are exhibiting. The placement of the satellite at the exhibition will be inaugurated today, June 20, 2013, by the Minister of Science, Technology and Space Yaakov Perry, the CEO of the Ministry Menachem Greenblum and the Director of the Israel Space Agency Menachem Kidron.
"As the eighth country in the world capable of launching and operating satellites in space, we are proud to place the first Israeli model at the exhibition and thereby join the other countries that are members of the Space Club exhibiting at this exhibition," said Minister of Science, Technology and Space Yaakov Perry and added: "Placing the satellite at the UN is a diplomatic success for Israel And proves once again the global recognition of Israel's capabilities in the field of space."

The satellite that will be presented, Opsat2000, from Israel Aerospace Industries, is the most advanced model of this series of satellites currently floating in space. It is a high-resolution observation satellite on the Earth with the ability to detect objects on the Earth's surface measuring 70 semesters from an altitude of 500 kilometers. The satellite is used for civilian needs such as agriculture, infrastructure, transportation, intervention in cases of natural disasters, etc. The satellite, launched in 2006, weighs only about 300 kg and provides civilian observation services to many countries.

"The satellite that will be displayed at the exhibition represents the achievements of the Israeli space industry and Israel's strength in developing extremely lightweight satellites," explains the director of the Israel Space Agency at the Ministry of Science, Menachem Kidron.

The satellite model will be displayed at the space exhibition that is regularly displayed at the UN Palace in Vienna. The exhibition displays models of satellites, launchers, statues and stones brought from space by the countries active in space, including: the USA, Russia, the European Space Agency, France, Canada, Japan, China, India and even Iran. Among the exhibits in the exhibition: the statue of the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin - the first person to stay in space; A model of the first Apollo spacecraft to take off to the moon; "Galileo" navigation satellite model; A stone brought from the moon by the USA; a model of the International Space Station; A model of a launcher and satellites from Iran and more. The exhibition is located on the ground floor of the building and is visited by thousands of people every year.

The event of the inauguration of the model is an event of the State of Israel's salute to UNOOSA - the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The event will also be attended by the Director General of the United Nations Office in Vienna, Yuri Pedotov, the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Dr. Mazlan Othman, as well as the representatives of the countries participating in the annual meeting held at the same time of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). - the central international body dealing with space matters.

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