Science Minister Ofir Akunis convened today, September 4, an emergency discussion and situation assessment with senior Israeli space industry officials following the explosion of the Amos 6 satellite.
At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Akunis said that "Our main goal is the formulation of a space and aid policy for the State of Israel in order to maintain the tremendous technological advantages that the Israeli space industries have. The Israeli space industry is magnificent and will remain magnificent. We will make sure that she gets stronger and maintains her status and abilities."
The senior officials of the industries who were present at the discussion argued that the industries are making a huge investment in infrastructure, manpower and innovative technology and that a long-term policy is needed to preserve the investment. The senior officials claimed that there is a great deal of competition against major space companies in the world and that government assistance is needed to make Israeli industries competitive in the global market.
At the end of the meeting, it was decided that the Ministry of Science would formulate a long-term national space plan for Israel. For this purpose, Minister Akunis ordered the establishment of a committee chaired by the Director General of the Ministry of Science Peretz Wezan, the Chairman of the Israel Space Agency at the Ministry of Science Prof. Yitzhak Ben Israel and the director of the agency Avi Blasberger. The committee also has the authority to examine the possibility of assistance in the development of a communication satellite for the State of Israel. The committee will submit its recommendations within 10 weeks.
In addition, it was decided that a discussion on the consequences of the loss of "Amos 6" on the space market and the communications market will take place during the week.
Today's discussion was attended by the Director General of the Ministry of Science Peretz Vezan, Director General of the Ministry of Communications Shlomo Filber, Director of the Israel Space Agency Avi Blasberger, Director General of the Space Communications Company David Polak, Director of Space at Elbit Ilan Porat, representatives of Rafael Eli Mazur and Samson Adler, Director Ofer Doron, Director of the Israel Aerospace Industries Space and Missile Systems Division, Boaz Levy, Ministry of Defense representative Shimon Lavi, RAT Technologies representative Yanon Ben Tzur.